Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Pan Am hit with $30K fine for lack of fire safety
From DNA Info:
The owner of a building that houses a controversial homeless shelter failed to appear at a hearing to address safety violations there days before it was evacuated due to a fire and has yet to pay a $30,000 fine, records show.
Steven Berger, who bought the former Pan Am Hotel in 2014 under 7900 Development LLC, skipped an April 27 hearing for safety violations that were found by fire officials during a March 10 inspection — a list that included improper fire exits and fire-rated doors and windows, according to city records.
He was hit with $30,000 in fines and penalties and hasn't paid yet, the city's Environmental Control Board said. The violations were defaulted, and he has to either pay the hefty fine or reopen the case, a spokeswoman for the ECB said.
Just days after the hearing those improper exits were put to the test when a fire broke out in a room at the building, know as the Boulevard Family Shelter, after 2 a.m. on May 6, according to the FDNY.
Hundreds of residents at the 216-room shelter had to evacuate with only four employees on duty, and many told DNAinfo New York the process was "chaotic."