At the corner of Clark Street and the bucolic Monroe Place resides the notorious neighborhood eyesore, 100 Clark Street. The Brooklyn Eagle cheekily reports the dilapidated “half-demolished historic house” owned by Newcastle Realty Services has been slapped with new Buildings Department violations including a “partially open roof” and cracked facade. The Eagle also reports the Scaffold Safety Team issued violations for the sidewalk shed and a construction fence.
An impromptu search of the NYC Buildings site quickly revealed a “Property Profile Overview” for 100 Clark Street/1 Monroe Place complete with links to complaints and violations issued against the building. The most recent eight complaints date from July 3rd through August 10th of this year and range from a leaning building to loose construction materials and water entering the premises through holes in the roof.
The Brooklyn Eagle article goes on to give a brief history of the blighted property which includes the demolition of two floors in May of 2008, stopped by a court order. A Newcastle spokesperson, George Arzt responded to the paper’s inquiry about repairs and renovation with one statement, “We are working with the Department of Buildings toward approval of our plans.”
The popular Real Estate blog, Curbed has posted numerous articles about the beleaguered building. A missive dated March 20, 2014 gives a glimpse of the renovation plan. Your guess is as good as ours as to when the project will actually come to fruition. Until then, maybe walk on the other side of the street just to be safe.