Stalled Kimball Street construction site still an eyesore

Stalled Kimball Street construction site still an eyesore
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf

It’s the building time forgot.

A stalled Marine Park construction site has been an eyesore for a decade — and that’s not likely to change. Developers built some would-be condos on Kimball Street between Avenues V and U in the mid-aughts, but they built the structure taller than zoning allowed, and the city shut them down. New owners corrected the height problem last year, but they have not done anything since then — save renew a permit for the dingy sidewalk shed that encircles the half-done housing. The owners did not respond to a request for comment, and their intentions are an utter mystery, a local pol said.

“It’s a very, very large building. A blind man would see it,” said Councilman Alan Maisel (D-Marine Park). “The whole thing is a mystery to me, the property has not been finished for 10 years — I don’t understand why the owner just doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do.”

The Kimball Group erected the structure in 2005, but it was taller than legally allowed and the city halted construction. The Kimball Group sold the property to Kimball Holdings in 2012, and the property sat for another three years before owners got a permit to chop off the top two stories and bring the structure into compliance.

It has since become a haven for rodents.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.