Monday, July 16, 2018
Illegal demo leads to garage collapse
The owner, 1771 Weeks LLC, was ordered to “repair or replace” the garage.
Unfortunately, the owner, according to DOB inspectors, “hired contractors to unsafely begin demolishing the … rear garage … without a permit.”
The allegedly illegal work went on for two weeks.
On June 15, the birthday party was planned to take place at backyard picnic tables not far from the garage at 1771 Meeks. That’s when nearby residents heard what one man described as “sounding like a gunshot.”
The garage had collapsed and bricks came raining down on an area close to those picnic tables.
“It could have been fatal,” resident Marcel Sukhlall said, if the collapse had occurred just one hour later, when the party was scheduled to begin.
FDNY and DOB inspectors rushed to the scene. A stop-work order was issued for 1771 Weeks Ave. and vacate notices were put up on three surrounding buildings.
Hey, we can't impede progress!