The Eagle reports that construction workers were seen jackhammering the sidewalk outside the derelict eyesore that is 100 Clark Street, at the corner of Monroe Place, on Friday. According to the Eagle story, George Arzt, a spokesman for the building’s owner, Newcastle Realty Services, said the workers were “doing preliminary sidewalk and shed work in preparation for receiving the necessary permits from city agencies.” The Eagle story continues:
Newcastle’s restoration design, as approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, includes slate roof shingles and wrought iron fencing, the addition of a stoop and entrance stair on Monroe Place and the recreation of a mansard roof that had been added long ago to 100 Clark.
The restored building will have five apartments, probably condos. Under its previous ownership it had been chopped up into eighteen.
I walked by this morning and took the photo above. I was disappointed not to see any construction activity; but, as the story says, the owners are awaiting permits. I hope, as do many neighbors, that the permits come soon and that, when they do, construction will proceed promptly. Newcastle has owned the building for five years.