Rogue construction on North Seventh Street

Rogue construction on North Seventh Street
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Now that’s a bad neighbor.

Residents of N. Seventh Street in Williamsburg are fuming over a new condo being built so close to its neighbors that its scaffolding juts into their terraces and bits of building debris fall onto their property.

“The scaffolding needs to be higher but the workers can’t fix it unless they trespass — and they’re already trespassing,” said one resident who declined to give her name.

And another neighbor asserts that his apartment shakes like an earthquake anytime there is heavy construction.

The four-story concrete structure developed by Greenpoint contractor Michael Siwiec is sandwiched between a Karl Fischer-designed luxury condo and a four-story stone building constructed before World War II.

The site has risen quickly in the past four months — it had been vacant for several years following a demolition.

But construction work has not gone smoothly.

The city has slapped Siwiec his contractors with 29 violations, and more than $10,000 in fines, for failing to maintain a secure work site and improperly storing chemicals on the site.

Twenty-six of the violations are open, and more fines could be coming.

Contractors may not be able to waterproof the building properly since there is less than a foot of room between it and its adjacent structures.

And one neighbor said that she witnessed several laborers working while the entrance was padlocked — a complaint that city inspectors are investigating.

Calls made to Siwiec’s Sutton Street office were not returned.

Neighbors of an under-construction condo building on N. Seventh Street complain that the construction crew has encroached on their property and damaged their buildings.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini