Flooding Due to Construction Accident on Columbia Street


We heard from a tipster yesterday afternoon that during work on a construction site at 255 Columbia Street, the former Sokol Brothers Building, workers must have damaged a water main causing several buildings on the street to be flooded. A stop work order was issued by the building department yesterday because construction on the site “caused a water pipe to burst, flooding neighboring properties, entire block.” The order indicates that cellars have been flooded at 249 and 257. According to our tipster 259 is flooded too and, “two apartment buildings are uninhabitable right now – we’re not allowed in – and the grocery store is out of commission for time being.” This isn’t the first time there have been problems at the site. A Stop Work Order was issued back in June–the developer lacked a full demolition permit it needed. Anyone know anything more about the cause or the damage? Click through for more pictures.


One Comment

  • I live around the corner from this site, and use that corner store often; a great place.

    The developer is a real problem and has caused damage to neighboring buildings before. It doesn’t seem like the contractor knows what he is doing. For instance, instead of hiring a concrete contractor with mixing trucks, they took delivery of loose bags of cement to mix on site in small batches; I think that is asking for trouble; I would not trust the long term quality of this building. I would also hate for the construction to be shut down leaving an unsightly hole to flood out neighbors again.