A Rockaway eyesore will soon be no more - but it will cost taxpayers $5 million to tear it down.
The city has acquired more than a dozen abandoned buildings at 311 Beach 104th St., which is next to a waste treatment plant on Beach Channel Dr. It plans to bulldoze the decrepit structures in early 2009.
City to pay $5M to tear down eyesore near Rockaway sewer plant
The Department of Citywide Administrative Services tried to buy the property from owner Yehuda Cohen between February 2005 and May 2006 but negotiations stalled, an agency spokesman said.
The former condo project, drafted by architectural firm Bricolage Designs, was never completed and became an eyesore in the neighborhood.
"The condos will be demolished and the land will be used for storage of plant equipment, such as large pipes and spare pumps. The land will also serve as a buffer between the plant and the community," said Mercedes Padilla, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Environmental Protection, which runs the sewerage plant.
"We paid a little over $5 million for the site, which was the fair value based upon two appraisals" by the city Law Department, she added.
The Buildings Department repeatedly slapped the construction of the two- to three-story condos with stop-work orders. But locals said they regularly saw laborers flouting the orders. The city finally condemned the property on March 23, 2007.
Sounds like eminent domain used for a real public purpose!