Monday, January 14, 2008

Construction Site Du Jour: 238 Smith Street

Smith Street Fence One

Today's featured construction site comes to us from Carroll Gardens and it's one that the Department of Buildings has actually noted. Like all our favorite construction sites, the fence at this one has apparently come down a bunch of times, but we haven't gotten any photos of it opened up. DOB issued a Stop Work Order for 238 Smith--which has been an empty lot since the buildings came down in 2006--last week. (It allows work to fix the fence and to protect the building next door.) We think the violation for the fence was icing on the cake because we've observed that they practically need to fall on people and stab them with a rusty nail before anything is done about them. There's an open complaint, by the way, for illegal posters on the fence that fall off "and become trash covering the sidewalk." It's been assigned to the "Special Inspection Team." The site has logged ten complaints since 2006.

238 Smith SWO

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Anonymous gopher said...

What's with the fence taking up half the sidewalk at this site? It seems pretty obnoxious, and possibly unsafe, as you have to walk into the street if two people come along and they're not walking single file.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent photos of this lot months ago and I also called the developer directly and gave them a chance to repair the tilting fence before I called 311. The secretary begged me not to. I also called 311 when the fence had blown down completley, I walked inside and salvaged a pile of beautiful old tiles that had made it through the demo process. I am still waiting on what will eventually rise from this hole. And will we be able to stop anything bad that may be planned? And yes gopher, I always get trapped on that side walk especially when someone with a stroller is also passing. Guess who walks in the street???

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a park would be nice...

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, a park is too nice and doesn't sell aged sirloin tip and teenage greens.

5:04 PM  

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