Saga at 143 Ludlow: Another Look at Illegal Rooftop Construction
For the last few weeks, construction on the illegal rooftop tumor at 143 Ludlow Street has continued unabated. Despite a recent partial stop work order on the property for “enlarged parapet.” Unauthorized steel and concrete work has thus far increased the building height by at least eight additional feet.
There are still no permits for such activity up top, but DOB inspectors suspiciously continue giving the action the all clear. Have a look; and check out the hundred or so complaints already filed here. For instance, one logged in the database was resolved because “all work throughout as per on site approved plan.”
Sources tell us that DOB investigations unit is aware of the issue, but resources are reportedly spread thin due to Sandy aftermath. That hands are tied, and there’s little they can do to stop it. Hmm. Meanwhile, additional rooftop machinery like cranes, pulleys, and scaffolding prove this is no chump job.