Bushwick building owner cited for illegal work performed before fire destroyed supermarket, apartments

The Department of Buildings says Core Holdings LLC, the owner of 1385 Bushwick Ave., performed illegal plumbing work without permits.

Faith Graham, Daniella Rodriguez and

News 12 Staff

May 6, 2024, 5:40 PM

Updated 21 days ago

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The owner of a Bushwick building has been cited for performing illegal work prior to a massive fire that destroyed a supermarket and surrounding apartments.
The Department of Buildings says Core Holdings LLC, the owner of 1385 Bushwick Ave., performed illegal plumbing work without permits.
According to the summons, it “installed propane hookups with piping leading into commercial store” without work permits. They've been ordered to obtain the proper permits and appear at a hearing on July 10.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the work played a role in Wednesday's fire.
Fire officials say the fire started in Christa's Kitchen and Market. It quickly spread to four other buildings, displacing around 55 people.
Tenants were invited to return to the building today to salvage some of their belongings. Nancy Conforti says she had just moved into the building in December. She works as a sound engineer and is hoping to recover some of her work equipment.
"I've been in shock…It's pretty mind blowing to see it. That’s the grocery store I shopped at every week," Conforti said.
A GoFundMe has since been set up to assist Conforti with recovering her damages.
A man on site who identified himself as the attorney for the building owner declined to comment about the fire and the summons.


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