(DNAINFO) Gwynne Hogan — Five blighted buildings that neighbors complain have been an eyesore and a magnet for vagrants for decades will finally be torn down, the Department of Buildings confirmed Tuesday.
The question is when.
The buildings at 485, 487, 489, 491 and 497 Ninth Ave. were ordered for “emergency demolition” on Aug. 8, Department of Buildings spokesman Alexander Schnell said. The order came after the fire department and and the DOB did an emergency inspection of the site requested by the community board.
But there is no time table for when the tear-down will actually happen, Schnell said.
The five buildings along the western flank of Ninth Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets, have been boarded up since the nineties and have sunk further into disrepair with each passing year, according to community members.