Brownstoner visits 647 Baltic Street in Park Slope:
The building's owner, who, according to neighbors, hasn't been seen for a couple years, has been served with a bunch of violations. One of the more recent ones says the following: "Failure to maintain observed: front brick facade pulling away from side wall with vertical crack app. 20' high with gaps from 3/8" to 1 1/2"." The DOB says they're evaluating their options for the building, which may very well include demolition.
And while we're in Park Slope, a developer who wants to overbuild is going to the BSA claiming a hardship because, as the Daily News puts it:
Verma said the additional buildings are necessary to recoup the money he lost when the discovery of a Con Ed substation buried under the site "just blew the budget out by a huge multiple."
How do you buy property without knowing what's in the ground?