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Absentee landlord of Park Slope building finally shows up to request locals’ help

January 13, 2012 10:00AM

The landlord of a Park Slope building that has drawn the ire of local residents for its decaying exterior, has now come to the community asking help in raising cash to fend off a predatory lender, the Brooklyn Paper reported.

Rachel Nash, who owns the building at Second Street and Seventh Avenue once famous for the Landmark Pub that occupied its ground-floor retail space, said that she might lose the building after she took out a loan to help cover property taxes and fell behind on the payment.

Now, she promises that if she can retain control of the building she’ll convert it to affordable artist housing above a cafe. She recently opened a small gallery in the building.

The building has 24 unresolved Department of Building violations, and has caused the Nash family thousands of dollars of fines thanks to various components in disrepair. The family gated up the building and tried to sell it in 2006, but failed and the bar never reopened. Since then the community has worked to track down the largely absentee landlord and get her to repair the primely located building. She finally showed up at a recent community board meeting to plea for help. [Brooklyn Paper]