Prospect Heights Row House Needs Some Help


    Things are not looking good for the two dilapidated homes at 578 and 580 Carlton Avenue, in Prospect Heights, where it appears that a developer hoping to flip 580 Carlton for big bucks instead bungled the renovation and imperiled the house next door at 578 Carlton. The house at 580 Carlton, which sold for $480,000 in 2011, was reduced to a mere facade during renovations — a state in which it remains today. Then the neighboring building, No. 578, partially collapsed during those renovations last summer. Now, it looks like the owners of No. 578 have finally decided to take action: According to the Landmarks Preservation agenda for June 18, a hearing is scheduled for “578 Carlton Avenue… An altered Italianate style row house built c. prior to 1855. Application is to deconstruct portions of the building to address hazardous emergency conditions.” Right now there’s a tarp over the rear, as well a wooden frame jutting out from the back into the backyard. So it seems like No. 578 is in a pretty bad state, especially if measures aren’t taken soon. What a nightmare.
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