Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Activity at the long-empty 204 Avenue A



Residents yesterday spotted a Davey Drill taking (presumably) core samples from outside 204 Avenue A, the bricked-up building here between 12th Street and 13th Street.

According to public records, the NYC Housing Preservation and Development owns the property. There's nothing on file at the DOB to suggest any future development just yet. (There is a recent filing for "facade repair" at an estimated cost of $4,450.)

No. 204 has been vacant since at least 2009.

A look at Google Street View shows the building in use in September 2007...



By 2009 the place had been boarded up.

H/T dwg!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's the story about this building and another section 8 building 535 E 12th street which also had drilling for soil samples this week. Both 204 Ave A and 535 E 12th will be demolished presumably later this year for new housing. The residents of 535 which were displaced due to severe structural problems will move into the new (I believe 7 story building on A, they will be able to purchase these apartments for a very very low cost. A new somewhat market rate building will be built at 535 12th, it will be 6 stories tall. The same company which remodels the former squat on 13th Street btw A and B will be devoting these 2 buildings.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks for that info. I saw some legal documents on the gate at 535 ... something about past-rent due on two units...

Anonymous said...

Not so sure they are going to use that on the city owned building. Workmen have been setting up equipment where that drill is for the last couple weeks and going in and out of the building next door that housed that Bright Audio place. They have been ripping that place apart and working on the basement level, too.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the history 9:12. I've been wondering what the deal was with this building. So weird to brick up the windows like that.

Anonymous said...

Can they build a 7 story building in this neighborhood? I thought buildings had to be 6 stories or lower in the EV?

Anonymous said...

They can build anything, any damn please they want. Trust me.

Shawn G. Chittle said...

Owners of that deli are in business next to 7B.

Anonymous said...

I may be wrong about a 7 story building but there is a market rate rental with 7 floors built about 8 years ago on 12th street, filled exclusively with millennials and their dogs. Anyway to answer the question about the bricked up windows, 535 had squatters and other folks moving in during the past several years, that building had cinder blocks which still didn't stop the intruders. Nearby neighbors feared someone would start a fire and burn down the block.

A M Goodridge said...

I think these 2 buildings 535 E 12th st & 204 Avenue A needs some community land-trust that must replaced with real affordable Housing to housed low-income families in need in the neighborhood let's be real on that.

Anonymous said...

Have there been any true low income housing built in the E Village in decades? No. They dont call it market rate but when low income starts in the $100,000 yr range? What a joke. More elite theft of housing and more homeless on the way