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Stables stuck in limbo: W’Terrace barn’s buyer must pay thousands in fines before he can renovate it, city says

At loggerheads: Industrialist John Quadrozzi, Jr., cannot proceed with renovating Kensington Stables, which he purchased earlier this year, until he pays the city thousands of dollars in fines for unauthorized repairs to the barn, according to officials.
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A plan to transform Windsor Terrace’s Kensington Stables into a swanky new riding facility is at a standstill until the Red Hook concrete tycoon who bought the dilapidated barn ponies up thousands in fines, a Department of Buildings spokesman said.

Industrialist John Quadrozzi, Jr., who bought the 1930s-era property earlier this year, owes the city $6,000 for making non-permitted repairs to the barn after the agency slapped it with an immediate-vacate order when its roof partially collapsed last December, according to spokesman Andrew Rudansky, who said his bosses won’t sign-off on any permits needed to restore the stables until Quadrozzi coughs up the cash.

“As a result of the illegal work-without-a-permit violation, the owner of the building must resolve the civil penalty owed to the city before they can receive a permit for the repair work,” Rudansky said.

The Buildings Department signed off on emergency-work permits shortly after issuing the vacate order, so that Quadrozzi could install supports to stabilize the Caton Place barn’s roof to prevent it from further caving in, the spokesman said.

Instead of merely propping up the stables’ sagging ceiling, however, contractors removed a large section of the roof — an unauthorized fix that led agency inspectors to slap Quadrozzi with the fines in July, according to Rudansky.

And although the barn’s new owner submitted all the applications needed to begin transforming it into a mixed-use building with seven stories of apartments above a renovated horse-riding facility named Prospect Park Stables and operated by Quadrozzi’s Brooklyn Equine firm, the Buildings Department cannot legally issue permits for that work — or lift the still-active vacate order — as long as the fines remain unpaid, the agency rep said.

“If the owner pays the $6,000 penalty and resolves the violation today, their contractor will be allowed to get their permit,” the Rudansky said.

The vacate order indicates that the building is not safe to occupy, but Rudansky noted that agency inspectors found no evidence that the barn was in immediate danger of collapsing.

And the lingering violation apparently hasn’t stopped Quadrozzi from stabling steeds at the facility, where this reporter spotted horses inside as recently as Friday.

Quadrozzi, who purchased the property at auction after its former owners put it on the block to relieve debts, declined to comment on the unpaid fines, and the potential danger that continuing to operate the stables under the vacate order poses to horses and staff, saying only that he expects the barn’s planned makeover “to get underway shortly.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, October 17, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Wilbur D. Horse from Hialeah says:
What the hay! My filly's in there.
Oct. 17, 6 am
Homey from Crooklyn says:
When it comes to extortion the city makes the mob look like amateurs
Oct. 17, 6:52 am
Pedro Caro from Central ave says:
Demolish the wall , demolish wall st. Demolish the presidency a computer could run the country . Long live progressive socialism vote Cortez open up Mexico and Cuba
Oct. 17, 7:36 am
George from Boerum Hill says:
Where's the story here? This guy wants to put in a swanky renovation ans balks at a $6000 fine?
Oct. 17, 8:56 am
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
OMG cheepskate - just pay it and get it over with. This happens with property all over the city. He’ll make it back after the stables are fixed.
Oct. 17, 12:38 pm
ty from pps says:
the alpo factory said they would pony up.
Oct. 17, 2:13 pm
much to do about nothing from NYC says:
Why write a story about a non-issue. The city's extorting the stable for a few k, the guy says he's going to pay, so why am I reading about this. Sounds like a page filler for BP or maybe writer Colin Mixson just wants his own name in the paper.
Oct. 17, 3:27 pm
On the inside from Kensington says:
Anyone on the inside knows that the work done was done so at the order of DOB whereas they required asbestos abatement of the roof before issuing a permit. Then after the abatement was done and DOB was called in to review compliance,DOB slapped the stable with a fine for roof removal which was part of asbestos removal proceed. Wow!But it gets better, first the DOB insisted on a $15,000 dollar fee until someone figured out there was a minimum you could pay of $6000. Just goes to show you, in NYC you have to pay to play.
Oct. 17, 11:39 pm
Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
Yet more proof that no good deed goes unpunished. SIGH!!
Oct. 18, 10:53 am
On the inside from Kensington says:
Dear "No Stupid", The roof was rotted to a pulp, therefore when the asbestos tar paper was removed under a DEC permit, so went the rotted roof pulp with it - one couldn't be done without the other. Before you insult, you should know, otherwise you become the stupid one.
Oct. 20, 11:17 am
...a dollar short from Brooklyn says:
It's simple math, for every dollar DOB takes, the Stable will be a dollar short. In this case, it's $6000 dollars less that the Stable will have for improvements. Predatory government.
Oct. 21, 8:22 am

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