Illegal construction at 565 St. John's
Anyone live in or near 565 St. John's? It's visible to us from our backyard on Sterling Place. Workers have been adding two floors to the four-story structure since last fall. It's quite a sight, as the structure is very skinny, and the two extra floors make it look rather like a medieval tower more than an apartment building.
Work has seemed to stop in the last few months. I always had a hunch that what was being done here wasn't completely in accordance with the DOB, but I decided to have a look. Indeed, there's a pile-up of SWO's and violations of SWO's, a partial vacate on the property, and the only permits applied for seem to do with the installation of a sidewalk shed.
It's kind of amazing that someone would try to do something of this scale without a permit!