From The Brooklyn Paper:
Three buildings on historic Old Fulton Street will be demolished if owners don’t fix them up.
The city last month put a vacate order on 11, 13 and 15 Old Fulton Street — adjacent to the infamous Grimaldi’s pizza and directly under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO — because the structures had “significant structural defects on the rear wall of the entire building.”
Now, the Department of Buildings and Landmarks Preservation Commission are keeping a close watch as they negotiate with owners to get the gutted buildings fixed.
So far, those negotiations have been sour. Landmarks ordered the building repaired in 2009, but it took the threat of demolition for owners to finally put up scaffolding — the first step in what could be a big restoration project, Department of Buildings officials said.
The vacate order was likely no surprise to the owners, given that the city has received 14 complaints and wrote a handful of violations since 2004 because of the buildings’ failed structural integrity.