The other day, we got an email from a concerned neighbor on the 2200 block of Catharine Street regarding shoddy renovation work taking place on their block. According to this individual, who requested anonymity, the redevelopment of 2217 Catharine St. has been a nightmare for numerous residents on the block.
Solomon Pascal Property Management Inc purchased this property a few months back and began working on the property fairly recently. The demo crew hired was apparently not top-notch, as they neglected to get permits for a dump truck, and left the street quite dirty in their wake. The neighbor who reached out to us indicated that the crew flattened their own tire to allow them to keep their truck on the block for a few extra days, before the PPA caught on to their ruse. Apparently, the crew also accidentally cut a gas line, necessitating the evacuation of the block, and eventually got a Cease and Desist notice from L&I.
No builder likes to see this
The photo above was shot a couple of days ago, and the L&I website
indicates that there are still a couple of violations on the property that have not been cleared up. Meanwhile, the neighbor has heard that the same developers have purchased 2225 Catharine St., the property a few doors down. While we can see that it’s been sold, public record hasn’t recording the deed yet. Hopefully, the next project will involve subcontractors who will be more careful, and crews that will wait for appropriate permits to do construction.
This one's on deck
If you have a nuisance construction site on your block, and think that the contractors are working without proper permits, call 311 right away. And if they tell you it might take two weeks to investigate, get your neighbors to call as well. And call everyday. After all, it’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.