|1657 8th Avenue, Brooklyn A 311 contractor smoking complaint from "Mom" alerts Buildings Department inspectors to unpermitted renovation work in progress. Although architectural plans were pre-filed, seems contractors may have jumped the gun and started work without the necessary paperwork in hand. A Stop Work Order violation was served back on March 29th, and now with permits in place, has been rescinded. |
Word says the new eating and drinking establishment is going to be Italian.
FYI, As of July 2008 all smoking has been banned from construction sites with initial fines ranging from $1,200 to $2,400 per violation. Smoking observed at a building site, the presence of cigarette or cigar butts, or failure to post required no-smoking signs are all reasons for violations to be served.
On a final note, anyone who is undertaking any kind of renovation or new construction work might be interested in the services of this company... DOB Alerts.
Let's be real, times have changed in Brooklyn. The live and let live attitude towards undocumented renovation work has passed. For better or worse, gone are the days when people with DIY skills could do work on their property without fear of an inspector showing up based on some disgruntled neighbor calling 311 to complain.
From the DOB Alerts website...
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LOL, "Thanks to the power of knowing before"... a.k.a. in old school... "being tipped off".