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Biking past the Timber Shed at the southwest corner of the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Thursday we spotted a couple of men in hard hats poking around in a second-story window. (As you may recall, the Timber Shed is one of only two structures on Admiral’s Row that was slated, as of last May, to be preserved.) The spotting was curious enough to merit an email to the National Guard Bureau to see what was up. Turns out that The Guard recently performed a structural assessment of the historic building and, not surprisingly, found that it was “unstable and may be further vulnerable to collapse with impending weather conditions.” (And that was before the biblical rains of this past weekend!) As a result, The Guard has asked the city to cordon off the sidewalk and bus stop outside the shed and will be moving ahead quickly with efforts to stabilize (i.e. brace) the building. There was another structural assessment performed on Friday, the results of which we hope to have soon. In this case, time continues to be the enemy of preservation, so let’s hope that this stabilization process can forestall any worsening of the building’s condition to a point where those who want to tear it down will get their way. Meanwhile, in related news, we haven’t heard a peep about how the RFP process for a 40,000-square-foot supermarket adjacent to the Timber Shed is going.
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