Monday, June 16, 2008

325 20th Street: Contractor gets "Lynched"...again





"Failure to Provide Adequate Protection."
Surveying the damage to the back yard garden at 327 20th Street. Looks as if the shoring may have failed, leading to the cave-in and yet another Stop Work Order for Tao Construction, Inc.
A "brief" DOB history of 325 20th Street

2-16-2008
CALLER STATES THAT THE NEXT PROPERTY OVER HAS AN EMPTY LOT AND HAS DONE SOME DIGGING THAT HAS PUT HIS PROPERTY IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE AND HAS CAUSED SOME DAMAGE FOR THE PAST MONTH OR SO. BUILDING SHAKING/VIBRATING/STRUCTURAL STABILITY AFFECTED.


2-18-2008 STOP WORK ORDER VIOLATION SERVED FOR NON-COMPLIANT AFTER HOURS WORK. DOB VIOLATION ISSUED FOR FAILURE TO CARRY PERMITTED WORK
DOB Violation #:021708CNE01GA


3-17-2008 FULL STOP WORK ORDER SERVED
FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION TO ADJ PROPERTY 321 20 ST. FOUNDATION WALL HAS CRACKS/BRICK FACADE HAS CRACKS.

3-18-2008 ECB Violation Number: 34630176L TAO CONSTRUCTION INC.
Infraction Codes: B32 27-1032 FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION AT SIDES OF EXCAVATION

Description of Violation:
STOP ALL WORK. FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY PROTECT THE SIDES OF AN EXCAVATION CARRIED TO A DEPTH GREATER THAN 5 FEET NOTED: @ TIME OF INSPECTION,
UNDERPINNING COMPLETED ALONG # 327 & # 321 2O STREET AND A SHEER CUT AP

3-18-2008 ECB Violation Number: 34630177N TAO CONSTRUCTION INC .
Infraction Codes:
BP6 27-147 WORK WITHOUT A PERMIT - HAZARDOUS
STOP ALL WORK. WORK W/O A PERMIT. NOTED: @ TIME OF INSPECTION CONSTRUCTION SITE. UNDERPINNING COMPLETED ALONG SIDE LOT # 327 & # 321 20 ST ( JOB# 310087713 APPROVED FOR UNDERPINNING ONLY) JOB SITE WITH FOOTINGS IN.

3-26-2008 321 20th Street: BUILDING SHAKING/VIBRATING/STRUCTURAL STABILITY AFFECTED. LARGE CRACK IN FOUNDATION AT FRONT OF BUILDING . WINDOWS ARE ALSO SLANTING.
DOB Violation #032808CEX01MP

3-28-2008 VIOLATION SERVED PRE-EXISTING CRACKS AT 321 20th STREET BUILDING HAVE WIDENED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY AT ADJ. LOT

4-1-2008 BOROUGH COMMISSIONER HAS ISSUED A 10-DAY LETTER OF INTENT TO REVOKE APPLICATION NUMBER 302331616 ON 03/27/08. ISSUE DOB STOP ORDER & NOTE THE PERCENTAGE OF WORK COMPLETED.

4-5-2008 ECB Violation Number: 34643620L TAO CONSTRUCTION INC
Infraction Codes:
BL8 27-1009(A) FAILURE TO SAFEGUARD PUBLIC / PROPERTY EFFECTED BY DEMO.
Description of Violation:
FAILURE TO SAFEGUARD PUBLIC & PROPERTY AFFECTED BY DEMO OPERATIONS. UP
ON INSPECTION AT 325 20TH ST 2 STORIES BLDG IS DOWN, SITE IS GRADED, CONTRACTOR IS ASKING FOR SIGN OFF ON DEMO, ADJACENT PROPERTY 327 20TH ST.

4-10-2008 PARTIAL STOP WORK ORDER LIFT TO INSTALLED RAKERS ONLY.

4-13-2008 REMEDIAL SHORING WORK UP AGAINST 321 20th ST. ONGOING TO SAFE GUARD BLDG

5-13-2008 ECB Violation Number: 34630308Y TAO CONSTRUCTION INC
Infraction Codes:
B34 27-1031 FAILURE TO PROTECT ADJOINING STRUCTURES DURING EXCAVATION.
Description of Violation:
(A)(B) FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY SUPPORT ADJOINING GROUNDS AND STRUCTURES
AFFECTED BY EXCAVATION. NOTED: AT TIME OF INSPECTION. A STOP WORK ORDER IN EFFECT V#031808CEXOINDC ISSUED ON 3/18/08. PILES DRIVEN AGAINST

5-14-2008 FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH STOP WORK ORDER.
- BUILDING VIOLATION ISSUED FOR FAILURE TO OBEY STOP WORK ORDER
Comments: SHORING FOR SUPPORT OF EXCAVATION COMPLETED AT EXP 2/4 UNDER PINNING WORK IN PROGRESS FOR BLDG AT EXP4
DOB Violation #:051308CEX01NDC

6-6-2008 FULL RESCIND OF STOP WORK ORDER. ALL PLANS WERE AMENDED AND ALL REMEDIAL WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED AS PER SEP/EXCAVATION UNIT


6-11-2008 311 Complaint: CALLER STATES THERE IS CONSTRUCTION GOING ON AT THE LOCATION GIVEN & DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE TO THE NEIGHBORING PROPERTY (THE BLDG & BACKYARD) ADJACENT BUILDINGS - NOT PROTECTED

6-11-2008 DoB Violation served #061208CO701RH

6-12-2008 FULL STOP WORK ORDER SERVED
FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION AT SIDES OF EXCAVATION. DUE TO INADEQUATE PROTECTION PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF ADJACENT"


6-13-2008 "UPON INSPECTION, INSTALLATION OF SOLDIER PILES WAS VIEWED TO BE CONTRARY TO APPROVED PLANS. STOP WORK ORDER SEP/EXCAVATION UNIT
Contractor ordered to fill in and make level excavation.





As Seen in the NEW YORK TIMES: "From Cracks to Falling Cranes, a Big Job for Building Inspectors"

321 20th Street: DOB Crack monitors installed over cracks in front facade.



Thanks all those who contributed photos used in this post. -IMBY

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