Pooling Water At Abandoned Bath Beach Construction Site Poses Public Health Risk [UPDATED]

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Photo by Mark Treyger/Facebook

Photo by Councilman Mark Treyger/Facebook

An abandoned construction site in Bath Beach has been pooling with rainwater for more than a year, posing a health risk for residents, according to neighbors and elected officials.

Since at least October of last year, the gated area at 2728 Bath Avenue has been filled with murky green water — presumably becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes and parasites — according to Department of Buildings (DOB) records.

ViolationS have been filed with the DOB since 2009, when neighbors reported squatters at the boarded-up house. The home was demolished in 2012, but in 2014, neighbors complained that excessive drilling at the site was causing cracks to form in their own walls. Since April of this year, the DOB has fined the landlord nearly $10,000 for the standing water, with no resolution.

“The site that has been neglected by a contractor for years and essentially has turned into a mosquito-infested lake,” said  Councilman Mark Treyger, who visited the site on Bath Avenue and Bay 46th Street Wednesday.

Photo by Mark Treyger/Facebook

Photo by Councilman Mark Treyger/Facebook

The councilman was joined by Assemblyman William Colton, District Leaders Charles Ragusa and Nancy Tong, a DOB official, a representative for the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, and community activists, to inspect the site and come up with solutions.

Treyger, who was initially notified of the pooling water by parishioners at Most Precious Blood Church, said attempts by the DOB and Health Department to reach the property’s owner have been unsuccessful.

“If the owner doesn’t respond to the violation and fix up his property in a timely manner, the city government will have the work done and bill the owner,” said Tryeger. “We will keep the pressure up to have this public health hazard addressed expeditiously.”

Our neighborhoods have been frequently flagged by the Health Department for the mosquito-born Zika Virus and West Nile Virus. Southern Brooklyn and Staten Island are regularly sprayed by the city with pesticides to eradicate the bugs, particularly during the summer months. To learn how to protect yourself from mosquito-born illnesses, click here.

Update [August 12, 3:41pm]: Councilman Mark Treyger has informed us that, as of this morning, the owner of the property has drained the hole and filled it with dirt.

The councilman posted this status, along with a photo, on Facebook:

Happy to say that, working with Assemblymember William Colton, District Leaders Charles Ragusa and Nancy Tong, and City officials, specifically Dan Abramson, the pond has been filled in just a day later. This is welcome news, as residents in this area should never have had to live with such a public health hazard. We will continue to work with City officials to ensure that the contractor continues to make progress with the property. Thank you again to the local residents and Most Precious Blood parishioners, especially Anna Maria Messina-Walsh who advocated on behalf of their neighbors.

Photo courtesy of Councilman Mark Treyger

Photo courtesy of Councilman Mark Treyger

  • alan

    Re: water pooling. What about the tire shop on 26th Ave and 86. Mounds to tires with stagnent water everywhere. I’m sure it’s a violation but there are tires even strewn on the rooftop, hidden from the public eye

    • Steve Caruso

      Make some noise complain to 311 for a while. It might help.

    • PolishGuyFromBrooklyn

      Hilna Tires ?

    • alan

      That’s the one PGFB. I would say a easy 40-50 tires on the rooftop. It’s starts on their bldg on 26 and tires are on the entire property forming the L to 86

      And that’s not including the ones you see in the pic….if not the others on ground level in this pic

  • Tina Bologna Apuzzo

    the politician’s really care in these parts? pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. they do nothing for this area. except b.s. their great for that.