We thought we’d share a little progress report about the four story building being constructed at 1733 Sheepshead Bay Road, the former site of the Bay News offices.
The 70-foot office/retail structure is taking shape, and in fairly good time. Demolition of the site began in early September. It halted a few weeks later when inspectors found asbestos on the roof, but that was cleared up quickly and construction resumed.
Here you get a better idea of exactly how tall it’s going to be (about the same size as Bally’s across the street). The building is slated for a September 2011 completion. A 68-car attended parking garage will be at the rear, and the neighboring storefront was demolished to make way for driveway access.
Okay, that headline is more about our love of alliteration than any groundbreaking story about construction follies. A partial Stop Work Order has been issued by the Department of Buildings, though, after testing found asbestos contamination on the roof – but work continues to move forward.
The order to limit demolition activities was made after a caller to the DOB complained on Monday about “debris flying all over the place. Scare of possible asbestos affecting neighboring properties,” according the department’s website.
The architect, Robert Polermo, said that a Department of Environmental Protection spot-check revealed the cancer-causing substance in a “little corner” of the roof. Polermo said that most of the structure is safe and asbestos-free, but that older portions of the roof date back to before the 70s, and this is likely where it was found.
Construction is allowed to continue on the interior, but the roof must be treated by a licensed asbestos removal team which the builder has already hired. Removal should happen some time this week, Polermo said.
The Department of Buildings has received a flurry of complaints about construction, though, all coming in this week. Aside from the initial complaint on Monday, four other complaints were filed, but inspectors found them to be unsubstantiated.
The building is slated for a September 2011 completion, and will feature a 70-foot, four story structure with retail and office space. A 68-car attended parking garage will be at the rear, and the neighboring storefront will be demolished to make way for driveway access.
Construction begins on the former Bay News / Courier-Life headquarters at 1733 Sheepshead Bay Road, as fencing goes up in preparation for the erection of a four-story, 70-foot-tall office and retail building.
Architect Robert Palermo, of Corporate Design of America, said the site is slated for a September 2011 completion. Palermo designed the original building “way back when,” and said the new property will include an attended parking garage for approximately 68 cars. The storefront next to it, a travel agency at 1737 Sheepshead Bay Road, is being torn down to make an entryway to the garage in the rear of the building. All work is being done as-of-right and within current zoning laws.
There are no tenants signed yet, said Palermo, but he expects one prime retail tenant on the ground floor, and the remaining three to have a single tenant each.
The building has sat empty since March 13, 2009, when Bay News / Courier-Life moved to Downtown Brooklyn. The building was sold to Alex Finkelstein in August 2008 for $3.1 million. Finkelstein is a local landlord and developer who owns other buildings in the neighborhood, and has no plans to sell the property after construction is finished, Palermo said.
Thanks to Erica S. for the tip.