Thursday, April 17, 2014

Partially collapsed Woodhaven building to be demolished

From the Daily News:

The city is set to tear down a partially collapsed Woodhaven building, more than a year after bricks from the neglected eyesore cascaded onto the sidewalk and created major problems for a pair of bedrock neighborhood institutions.

The former furniture store at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. forced out the senior center and, more recently, temporarily shut down the ambulance corps housed next door.

The city Buildings Department has been trying to force George Kochabe, the head officer of 78-19 Jamaica Ave. LLC, to make repairs. When he failed to show up in court last week, the Buildings Department decided it was time to take action.

Demolition will be handled by a contractor hired by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which will then bill the owner for the work.

If he fails to pay, the city will place a lien on his property, according to an agency spokesman.

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