We’ve previously wrote about a full vacate order at 11, 13 and 15 Old Fulton Street townhouses. In addition, on 8/3, the NYC Department of Buildings served a full vacate notice on 9 Old Fulton Street, due to “major structural defects to exterior walls.” This makes the four buildings (9, 11, 13, 15 Old Fulton Street) at risk for demolition. A source close to the situation told us that 11-15 Old Fulton are going through the process of what is called “demolition by neglect”, which means that the City is trying to compel the owner of these buildings to maintain the property so that they do not deteriorate to the point where they will have to be demolished. Allowing buildings like this to deteriorate to that point is a tactic sometimes used by landlowners who deem it cost-ineffective to renovate the existing structure, and who would prefer to raze the building and start over.
Regarding 9 Old Fulton, the owners submitted an application for a “hand demolition of one story structure”. They are probably going through the approvals process in preparation to construct a new building on that site.
In the meantime, while waiting for the approvals process, the owner of 9 Old Fulton gave verbal permission to the restaurant next door (A&B Fulton Corp.) to use the lot as an outdoor garden with restaurant seating (pic here). This activity too, however, has been stopped by the DOB.