Kent Avenue residents return home after 3 months

Three months after being evacuated from 475 Kent Ave. due to building violations, residents and business owners were able to return Friday.Back in January, the

WILLIAMSBURG - Three months after being evacuated from 475 Kent Ave. due to building violations, residents and business owners were able to return Friday.

Back in January, the fire department ordered tenants out of the building after finding a list of violations and hazards, including a stockpile of flammable matzoh grains that the landlord kept in the basement.

Tenants now say the building owners have been working diligently to bring the building up to code. They say the grains were thrown out within three days of the violation and the sprinkler system is brand new.

Some tenants, though, still think the three-month ordeal could have been shorter.

?It was just a massive inconvenience,? said resident Geff Barrenger. ?They could?ve found another way to do [the work] floor by floor and have us move out for two weeks rather than three months while they fixed our floor for the sprinkler system.?

Williamsburg residents demand to return home

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Two teens attempting to jump from one rooftop 1 Teen dies trying to jump between rooftops
News 12's Dan Serafin visited Lincoln High School 2 Lincoln H.S. alumnus plays in Sweet 16 of NCAA Tourney
A man has been hospitalized after a shooting 3 Police: Man hospitalized after shooting on Nostrand Avenue
Hundreds were on hand to honor an FDNY 4 Family, friends say final goodbye to fallen FDNY EMT
Neighborhood Brief for March 26 5 Neighborhood Brief for March 26

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE