At Mahfar’s 113 Stanton Street, Workers Fall Through the Ceiling [PHOTOS]

Posted on: September 13th, 2018 at 5:01 am by

Renovations are again heating up at 113 Stanton Street, a notorious SMA Equities (Samy Mahfar) property with a history of tenant revolt.

The tenement was one of several Lower East Side properties at the center of a civil lawsuit against SMA that eventually settled in March 2016. (It included a settlement sum to 23 tenants plus an agreement to refrain from harassment.) In the interim, it appeared that the dust finally settled, so to speak.

Not so.

Department of Buildings issued a permit to SMA Equities on July 27 to “renovate unit 2 on the third floor.” The job includes “minor partition changes, lighting, and plumbing work,” plus the installation of a new condenser unit on the roof.

For some tenants in the building, though, the story on the ground is a bit less matter-of-fact.

As this photo illustrates.

Indeed, fresh stop-work orders followed two weeks ago thanks to a dangerous ceiling “breach.” During renovations on the morning of August 22, two contractors reportedly fell through the floor, leaving a gaping hole about 3×4 feet wide. This incredible photo from residents in the apartment below (Unit 1) illustrates that incident in clear detail. Apparently, they hung from the ceiling for a few minutes before climbing back into Unit 2. Safety violations were “warranted with full stop-work order for failure to safeguard persons and property,” according to the DOB report by inspector Martin Rebholz.

“I and we have not, and do not, feel safe with the construction that has been going on [at 113 Stanton Street,” one of the tenants in the affected apartment told us in an email. “This incident is unacceptable.”

SMA Equities purchased 113 Stanton Street back in 2014 for $5.25 million.

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