A Building Collapse on Irving and Putnam


71 Irving Place, the three-story apartment building on the corner of Putnam Avenue, gave way over the weekend. The side of the building facing Putnam crumbled on Sunday; luckily it was unoccupied. (Residents were living there until last week.) The tipster who sent in the above photo said the building sold a week ago. It was on the market for $975,000, and the copy touted it as a gut renovation, not a teardown. If the building is actually demolished for a new development, it will join the supportive housing project on Putnam and the condo building on Irving as new builds going up in that area of Clinton Hill. GMAP

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  • My understanding is that the building is “overbuilt,” and so a buyer would do her darnedest to get DOB to look at it as a renovation rather than a replacement. It is pretty clear there has been extensive water penetration into the building – thus the mold which led to to eviction of many residents earlier this year. The owner of the house next door on Putnam (right of photo) can’t be too happy with thsi as he has been trying to sell his home on and off for the last couple of years.

  • wasder

    Brutal for the guy next door. What do you mean by “overbuilt” PD? As I understood it the building closed to new sellers last week. I have a hard time imagining this building being salvagable.

  • wasder

    Brutal for the guy next door. What do you mean by “overbuilt” PD? As I understood it the building closed to new sellers last week. I have a hard time imagining this building being salvagable.

  • The building exceeds the FAR thus overbuilt. I made an offer on this house earlier in the year, looks like I dodged a bullet. Needed a ton of work, kinda scary inside.

  • wasder

    Adam-dodging a bullet is an understatement. Thank god you didn’t buy that thing. I remember talking to you about it and being amazed that you or anyone else was considering renovating that place which always seemed to be a moment away from falling down.

  • I’d be shocked it this gets torn down, and even more shocked if the new owners were planning a tear down. Just needs a little pointing and a roof. And a full gut out. I’ve seen the previous frisky and friendly owner on the roof with a 5 gallon bucket of goop.

  • I’d be shocked it this gets torn down, and even more shocked if the new owners were planning a tear down. Just needs a little pointing and a roof. And a full gut out. I’ve seen the previous frisky and friendly owner on the roof with a 5 gallon bucket of goop.

  • brownstoneshalfoff

    What building collapsed? It’s just friggin veneer!

    It’s structurally sound, right ironballs?