Saturday, June 19, 2010

Owner gives up on luxury halfway house

From BushwickBK:

Ashley Khan has been hustling 979 Willoughby Avenue as a sober house for the past six months since the building’s owner, Benjamin Glasser, struggled to sell the condominium units for market rate.

Khan withstood heavy pressure from elected officials, Willoughby Avenue-area homeowners, and members of Community Board Four who were none too keen about having a condominium converted into a three-quarter house less than a block from two day-care centers and a senior home run by RBSCC, the community organization founded by Lopez.

On June 4, the city sent inspectors to examine the building following a 311 complaint that the condominium was being "used as a hotel." After a confrontation with Khan, inspectors referred the matter to the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement.

"After they sent the Department of Buildings, and the wrath of [Robert] Scarano [the building's architect], I said ‘Fuck it’, I stopped everything," said Khan. "I still have people there, protected by the Disabilities Act. I threw some of them out. I’m getting rid of them slowly. When they have a violation, I evict them. The community doesn’t want them there, so why keep them there?"

The owner is now on Plan D, which is to clear out tenants recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and soon rent the rooms out to "yuppies" at market rate.

"It’s becoming renting residential apartments," said developer Glasser. "It no longer will house any program whatsoever. After I was harassed by the neighborhood, followed around by neighborhood thugs, and my life threatened, I figured it was not a good idea to help people."


Anonymous said...

The building is an eyesore to the neighborhood. It looks like a big storage facility. What goes through the mind of the developers and architects when they build hideous buildings?

Anonymous said...

Easy...............They know that wussies love soulless places to live...and we have a whole generation of wussies to sell these to

People who resist wussifaction, will look at these as hideous ...we need soul we need character..

Don't toss out that cast iron 75 year old huge double kitchen sink....and replace it with a tiny hotel size on on a granite counter top...

So we have wussie hipster music to go along with wussie apartments......

but a lot of fake green wussie latte types have lost their jobs so the developer just lost his #1 market...HAHAHA!