DOB issues $38K in fines following damage to UES walk-up during high winds

The city’s Department of Buildings issued two fines Monday totaling $37,500 against the owner of 1830 Second Avenue after pieces of the facade fell onto the sidewalk, according to information on the the city’s website.

A representative for the owner, the Hakim Organization, told PincusCo the company would fight the violations which it called “unfounded.” The damage was caused by the high winds the city saw earlier this week, the representative said, who added that they were working with the city and the Department of Buildings to remedy the situation.

The larger fine, for $25,000 was for, “failure to safeguard. At time of inspection observed at expo: 4 a section of facade consisting of styrofoam clad with concrete has detached& fallen onto public sidewalk, exit/entry for the mts [sic] Q line.”

The other fine for $12,500 was for, “failure to maintain building wall(s) and appurtenances. At time of inspection observed at exposure 4 a section of facade approx: 40’x10′ has collapsed consisting of 4 inch styrofoam clad with concrete stucco.”

The building has been vacant and under repair following a three-alarm fire that severely damaged the building in early 2016.

-Adam Pincus

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