Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Repair work continues at the former P.S. 64
Work continues at the former P.S. 64 on 10th Street between Avenue B and Avenue C.
A reader shared these photos from yesterday, showing a crew working on the exterior facade on the western corner of the landmarked building...
Workers were first spotted here last Tuesday.
Another reader shared these photos... offering a rare glimpse inside the long-vacant property...
Workers at the scene offered that they'd be here for about 10 days to restore the building's corners to maintain their structural integrity.
On Feb. 6, the city evacuated adjacent buildings after discovering cracks at the old P.S 64 and CHARAS/El Bohio community center ... and later issued a Full Vacate Order.
City inspectors eventually determined that the building was safe, but did issue a violation to landlord Gregg Singer for failure to maintain the exterior facade, per Curbed.
Singer told Curbed at the time: "It’s all political. This is part of a concerted effort to put pressure on us. I was just at the building. There's definitely cracks — that we were already aware of — that will be pointed and repaired, but there’s no immediate danger."
Singer, who bought the property from the city during an auction in 1998, has wanted to turn the building into a dorm called University Square. The DOB continues to maintain a Stop Work Order — dating to August 2015 — on the building.
A DOB rep told The Wall Street Journal in January 2018 that the agency twice denied the developer’s application because he “failed to submit sufficient proof that the building would be used as a student dormitory."
Singer is in the midst of a lawsuit with the city.