3 Bikini

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Blight or Flight?

The Temple of Restoration recently added a placard with their name over the front doors. Someone must have left the Temple a bunch of money, as they have added not only the sign, but stained glass detailing with the word HOPE to the main window, marble entry steps, and decorative fencing between new brick pillars.

I noted several buildings on Dean that appear to have experienced the benefits of a facelift themselves. The restoration placard served as a sign to the neighbors that it was time for some sprucing up...

So I thought it was funny/strange when I read No Land Grab's post regarding Empire State Development Corporation's Blight Study in conjunction with the Atlantic Yards Plans. Included in the study was at least one if not both of the buildings below (they are in a row of 5 and three are earmarked as blighted).

Last week the owners of this house set out planter boxes. (This morning they were mysteriously missing)

This one received two fresh coats of gray paint, a new light fixture outside the door, and a repaved front walkway in the last two weeks.

I wonder if the owners are aware that their homes are considered a threat to public safety. They sure do look innocuous with their facelifts. Perhaps the owners are getting ready to sell, and these are not the blighted. In the spirit of restoration- develop don't destroy!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me neither owner is selling, I live on the block and have spoken to both of them. I will ask her where her flowers went though.

8/17/2006 12:01 PM  
Blogger 3bikini said...

Glad to hear they aren't selling. Anyone know which of the five are "the blighted"?

8/17/2006 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

most have been found to be "blighted" in the bogus study. all would be demolished if Backroom Brucie gets his way.

much more here:

8/17/2006 5:49 PM  
Anonymous NoLandGrab said...

Click through the NLG link to Atlantic Yards Report and you'll find a detail of that block from a map found in the "blight study." The map shows that the second, third, and fifth buildings from the corner are "blighted."

That means that the window-box brownstone "is characterized by blighted condition(s) that are unlikely to be removed without public action.”

However since the lovely grey clapboard house has the distinction of being between two "blighted" buildings, that building will not be spared eminent domain condemnation.

By examining some of the other documents released by the ESDC, Atlantic Yards Report deduces that the end of the block where these houses stand are necessary to the project as "Temporary Surface Parking and Staging" for the various phases of construction.

A 272-foot high building is planned for that site, but not until after it would be used for nearly 10-years as parking and construction staging (talk about "blight").

8/17/2006 6:18 PM  
Blogger 3bikini said...

Thanks Nolandgrab!

8/17/2006 6:57 PM  

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