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New Stop Work Order Placed on 185 Ocean Avenue

Stop-work-185-ocean-avenue For those wondering when the 8 story building being put up at 185 Ocean Avenue will be completed, the answer is... probably not soon. There has been a stop-work order entered on the property by the Department of Buildings for "failure to protect adjoining properties during construction." Someone appears to have called earlier this month to complain that the retaining wall was compromised. Following an inspection on Thursday, the stop-work order was issued.

Anyone who has been in the neighborhood for more than a few years (and is at least a little responsible-development-obsessed) remembers the drama regarding 185 Ocean Avenue.  In 2007, a developer purchased the charming single-family frame house as a tear-down to put in an 8 story, 20 unit property. Sadly, the Ocean on the Park historic district did not make it through the landmarking process nearly soon enough to save the building or prevent the approval of plans for this large building. After a long delay and at least one attempt to sell the lot, it appeared that once construction was inevitable at least it would be completed quickly.

Now, who knows.



Sigh. And more sighs. The structure, in reality, is as offensive as anticpated. Too bad a SWO appears now -- only after 8 storeys of this sliver monstrosity have already been erected! Too bad the original #185 Ocean was sold to a greedy developer and the original historic house was demolished to make way for this madness. Just too bad all the way around. Sigh. And more sighs.

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