The saga of 475 Kent Avenue drew to a close yesterday. Roughly 14 weeks after the landlord of the live-work loft building was found to be running an illegal matzo bakery in the basement, the FDNY lifted its Vacate Order yesterday. Much protest and repair work later, the path now appears to be clear for tenants to return. We’ve got an email into DOB to find out whether any bureaucratic hurdles regarding the C of O remain.
Update: We just heard from a Buildings Department official that the lifted Vacate Order does not mean that tenants may move back in. The building’s C of O remains for manufacturing so residential use ain’t kosher, according to the source. So much for that collective sigh of relief.
End of Matzogate: 475 Kent Residents Can Return [Curbed]
Artists Could Maybe (not) Return to Matzo Factory by May [Brownstoner]
475 Kent Tenants to Bloomberg: Let Us Back In! [Brownstoner]
Glimmers of Hope for 475 Kent Residents [Brownstoner]