Bringing Down 207 Wyckoff
As of this morning, one-half of the top floor of the remaining structure of 207 Wyckoff has been removed. Additionally, the DoB has declared it unsafe and illegal to enter into the adjoining parking lot (this was not the case a few days ago).
As we stated in earlier posts, the DoB has ordered 207 Wyckoff to be fully demolished through an immediate emergency declaration. We hear that the entire process will take approximately two weeks, followed by backfilling the foundation, removal of the protective (and ghetto fabulous) blue sheds and constructing a plywood fence around the perimiter of 207 Wyckoff.
Additionally, we've been informed that City Councilman David Yassky's office has contacted local residents and is working to ensure that the building comes down quickly and safely to enable the displaced residents to move home quickly. We're also told that once DoB decides to bring the building down, the owner has little recourse in halting the process. Moreover, the city will bill the owner of 207 Wyckoff a very, very hefty fee to bring it down -- we're told it could be as hight as five times the cost if the absentee owner were to bring it down himself. We were also told that there will be no penalty or criminal action taken against the owner of the crumbling tenement other than a fine.