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then it happens to you…

01/16/2018 6:00 AM by

Here are some of the latest updates:

  • A building permit application was filed TODAY!
  • An inspector has been assigned
  • Owner was cited for external changes without certificate of appropriateness on 11/27/2017

Just wanted to share with neighbors that there has been demolition and construction work done recently in our neighborhood that completely ignores basic requirements for the health and safety of our community, and shows a flagrant disregard for regulations that ensure all work is approved and inspected. This is reckless, irresponsible behavior (looking at you,”flippers”).

“Duh, of course that happens around here”, but then it happens to you. Yes, I was naive and relieved that the neglected, empty house next door might be rehabbed into new life after years of sad circumstances and an auction.

Don’t assume just because there is a permit in the window that due diligence has been exercised. After two months of extensive gutting and new construction on the row house with which I share a common brick wall (140+ years old), I became aware that the work was done without approved planning, permits and inspections. The possibility that the structural integrity of the wall adjoining my property has been compromised or worse, causes me to question living safely in my own home until inspections are done. On January 11, last week, the only record of an issued permit for this particular job site was for a dumpster! Who will get to finish line first, the city inspectors or the flippers?

Hope this info may be of use to someone else and awareness may help us look out for each other a bit more.

To check on permits and inspections go to the Permits Web Inquiry to do a search by address. It will show both issued permits and inspections.


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