April 27, 2007
Building at Atlantic Yards site collapses
By Michael Clancy
A portion of the parapet wall on the five-story former Ward Bakery building in Prospect Heights came crashing onto the sidewalk outside 800 Pacific St. at 9:48 a.m. The collapse showered the sidewalk with bricks and caused the two adjoining buildings, including a shelter for homeless women and children, to be evacuated, the fire department said. Several cars parked on the street were damaged.
"This is one of number of incidents that's happened at Atlantic Yards site," said Councilwoman Leticia James (D-Brooklyn), who asked that the project, which is in her district, be halted immediately. "It's because there is no oversight, no coordinator, no government oversight. It's just a developer run amok in the community."
NoLandGrab: The day before the collapse, DOT workers closed off 5th Ave. north of Flatbush to repair a "roadway collapse." The DOT blames DEP subcontractors for the incident. What Councilmember James said bears repeating, "there is no oversight, no coordinator, no government oversight. It's just a developer run amok in the community."
The buildings department said 75 people were evacuated as a precaution. However, the fire department said 350 people were taken to shelters as engineers assess the structural integrity of the adjoining buildings.
Posted by lumi at April 27, 2007 8:05 AM