2010-09-03 / Top Stories

Site Of Future 99 Cent Store Fined 15K

By Nicholas Briano

The building owner of 211 Beach 116 Street was fined $15,000 this week for failing to comply with a stop work order. The building owner of 211 Beach 116 Street was fined $15,000 this week for failing to comply with a stop work order. The owner of the building at 211 Beach 116 Street, which is being renovated, has been fined $15,000, pending a New York City Department of Buildings Environmental Control Board hearing, after refusing to adhere to a stop work order placed on the property in late July.

The building, which has been leased out by the owner, Alex Shulman, now appears to be the site of a future ‘99 cents and up’ store. The property was issued the stop work order on July 30 after building inspectors witnessed men gutting and demolishing the property’s interior without the required New York City work permits. The property was also cited for working after legal construction hours.

However, when inspectors returned last week, they found that the interior renovations had been completed, electrical work had been installed and shelves were being set up for possible merchandise.

Shulman, operating legally as 211 Beach 116 Street LLC, has a hearing with the Environmental Control Board on September 21, where violation fines are issued. The Wave contacted Shulman last week for comment about continuing work despite the violations, but he refused to comment. The property was purchased in July by Shulman who says the storefront is being leased out, but refused to identify the lessee or provide contact information.

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