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Williamsburg building owner issued violation following partial roof collapse

Should the violation be upheld, officials say it carries a maximum potential penalty of $25,000.

Faith Graham

May 20, 2024, 4:43 PM

Updated 33 days ago

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A Williamsburg building owner was issued a violation following a partial roof collapse.
Officials say the parapet section of the roof at 143 Roebling Street collapsed Sunday around 5 p.m. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
The FDNY says the massive five-story building has sat vacant for two years. But they say they have been called to the building before for structural issues.
The Department of Buildings says the owner is now facing a violation for failure to maintain the building. A hearing date is scheduled for July 24. Should the violation be upheld, officials say it carries a maximum potential penalty of $25,000.
Records show the building has been cited before. The Department of Buildings website says firefighters observed bricks falling from the fifth floor of the building in March 2022. The owner was subsequently issued a violation for failure to maintain the building. The violation was still open prior to the collapse.
Now, the Department of Buildings has ordered the building to sit vacant. A portion of Hope Street was still shut down Monday afternoon.


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