Thursday, December 8, 2011

New 10-Story Condominium Planned for 4th Avenue

A developer has filed for permits to build a 10-story condominium at 573 4th Avenue, between 16th Street and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Construction is slated to begin early in 2012 once demolition of the carriage house that’s currently on the South Slope site, is completed.

Building Construction Accident Injures One

Falling debris at the site of notorious former dive Mars Bar injured a construction worker Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. A spokesman for the Department of Buildings said inspectors were at the scene investigating, but it was not immediately apparent what caused the incident.

A construction worker at the site, located at 11 Second Avenue at the corner of East First Street, suffered a leg injury in the incident about 2 p.m. and was transported to Bellevue Hospital. Workers at the scene said the injury was caused by falling wood.

 A complaint was logged by the DOB Thursday regarding the building "shaking/vibrating/structural stability affected," the agency's website said. The building was issued a demolition permit on November18 that is valid through November 12, 2012, according to a Department of Buildings spokeswoman.

Previous complaints were received by the DOB on November 26 regarding alleged illegal after-hours demolition work, as well as on September 22 for "unsafe debris... leaning against the front of building."

No violations were issued by the DOB after inspectors found no evidence of wrongdoing.

The bar was closed in July to make way for a redevelopment project that will include a new 12-story building that contains apartments and commercial space. Mars Bar will be given the opportunity to reopen in a space nearly four times its former size under the plan, after construction concludes in approximately two years, developers said.