The Kimball Group filed permits to tear down the top three floors of a long-incomplete and illegal Marine Park condominium project amid a decades-long battle with residents.
After construction on the six-story building began in 2002, the city deemed it too tall by zoning standards for the residential block of Kimball Street, between avenues U and V. The Board of Standards and Appeals then denied the Kimball Group the zoning variance it need to complete it. During its attempt to overturn the 2008 ruling, the developer has amassed more than $36,000 in fines for violations, such as damage to nearby buildings and crumbling fences. Residents have called it a “monstrosity.”
“I think anything that’s going to change the status quo is a step in the right direction,” said Michael Benjamin, whose 98-year-old father lives nearby.
The Kimball Group, which did not comment to Brooklyn Daily, has decided to lose the extra floors rather than lose the property. [Brooklyn Daily] — Mark Maurer