LPC Targets Henry Street Homeowner

364-Henry-Street-0410.jpgThe Landmarks Preservation Commission has slapped the owner of a Cobble Hill townhouse and carriage house with a lawsuit for failure to maintain the historic structures that could amount to more than a million dollars in fines. The LPC suit charges that the owner of 364 Henry Street, cement tycoon John Quadrozzi “failed to maintain these historically significant buildings in a state of good repair despite repeated requests.” Beyond the preservation issues, the buildings also pose a serious safety risk. “There is an ongoing risk of progressive collapse that may endanger the public,” a DOB inspector wrote to Quadrozzi in January. The head of the Cobble Hill Association summed up how most residents probably feel about it: “It’s certainly been an eyesore. The longer he lets it sit there, the more of a danger it becomes.”
City Sues Homeowner Over Crumbling Historic Buildings [NY Daily News]GMAP

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  • Wow; I hope they do something similar about the wreck at Bedford & Midwood in the PLG Historic District.

  • And let’s add the house on Sterling St. between Bedford and Washington while we’re at it, Bob! It’s also in the district (though not the Manor).

  • Is this what happened to the Pacific Street tragedy? (Pacific between Bond & Hoyt.) It has $3 million in fines slapped on it, which is why FINALLY the owner may lose it in auction very soon. Go, Landmarks, go!

  • what about 7th ave and 2nd street in PS? Is it landmarked?

  • 7th Ave & 2nd Street is not yet landmarked.

  • Takings clause anyone?

    The building is uneconomic to repair, and there are only 50k similar ones nearby.

  • Intentional neglect as a strategy to get around landmarked district regulations has often worked in the past. Maybe this will get a bit harder to do with LPC actually paying attention to such situations.

  • I walk CDog past this building 2-3 times/day — always on the other side of the street. What a shame and a waste. The house was once beautiful, and so was the carriage house. What I don’t get is why he started making repairs, under orders from the Buildings Department I had thought, going so far as to tear down and rebuild the side wall and 1/3 of the front wall, and then never finished.

    I’m told the same owner owns the house 2 doors up on Henry. I had also thought it was abandoned, until one day when I saw a family with 2 young kids emerge. I can’t believe the other building isn’t also condemned, and that the City allows people to inhabit it.

  • this is one of the properties that LICH sold off, right?

  • What Carol Gardens said. This type of neglect in a historic district is usually a deliberate dodge to avoid LPC requirements on repairs. Once the building has collapsed, LPC can’t preserve it. Any new building will still have to conform but it’s a much lower bar for new construction.

  • As a previous tenant on that same block, my understanding was that he and his family (wife, 2 kids) live in the basement of 360 Henry. He inherited both properties from his father, tried to buy 362 Henry but when the owners refused to sell, would harass them in little ways by throwing garbage in their garbage, kicking the cans down, etc. I also heard him screaming at his wife a few times. Didn’t know he was a cement tycoon.

    Yes, @Petebklyn, all the units on that side of the block were sold off by Lich, I believe.