by Nick Garber

Harlem, NY- The superintendent at a Harlem condominium building under

construction was hit with a $20,000 fine in July for a number of safety violations,

the city announced Monday.

In April 2019, inspectors from the Department of Buildings visited 26 West 127th

Street,, the site of the new six-story building.

At the site, inspectors found that there was no superintendent present, that the

work site log book had not been properly filled out, and that workers at the 

scene did not have required safety training cards, DOB spokesperson

Lisa Wood said.


Inspectors also found that the building cellar lacked proper work site egress,

that there were no reports on site for monitoring adjacent buildings for 

virbrations caused  by construction, that the fence around the site was loose,

that there was no permit for a temporary power system being used, that 

barriers at street level were not filled with water as required, and other

'inadequate housekeeping practices throught the site, 'Wood said.

The DOB issued a stop work order at the site and held a hearing in July, where

the $20,000 in penalties was issued to the construction superintendent, 

Joel Kahan.

Formely the site of Mount Zion Baptist Church, permits were filed with the city

in 2017 to demolish the three-story building at the address and build a new sic-

story, 12 unit building in its place. Real estate listings advertise condominiums

soon to be for sale at the building, slated to be completed this year.