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Cut and paste the following DOB contacts: igluckman@buildings.nyc.gov; jgallagher@buildings.nyc.gov; msehgal@buildings.nyc.gov; fmiller@buildings.nyc.gov; jgaylard@buildings.nyc.gov; mmaffei@buildings.nyc.gov; bcolombo@buildings.nyc.

gov Cut and paste the following subject line: REVOKE the Decision to Allow Lapes to move forward at 165 West 9th Street! Cut and paste the following text in the body of the email: Dear Mr. Gluckman, A letter from the Department of Buildings dated May 21, 2013, regarding Job No. 320581562 for the conversion of 165 West 9th Street from residential use to a not for profit with sleeping accommodations was originally approved by DOB on March 1, 2013. At the request of local Elected Officials and community residents, an audit was then performed and found several objections, including those pertaining to the Zoning Resolution, Administrative Code and Multiple Dwelling Law. It is my understanding that the audit was accepted on August 23, 2013. However, to date, no further information has been made available regarding the audit, including the resolution to the objections raised by DOB and penalties for any breaches of applicable legal requirements. I demand that DOB immediately notify elected officials as well as the general public exactly how these issues were cleared up, and that DOB revoke their decision to allow NYCs #1 homeless shelter slumlord to reap hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to run a substandard shelter for this citys most vulnerable. As a resident of Carroll Gardens, I have expressed my serious concerns on numerous occasions to DHS and the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) about this project, specifically about the fitness and track record of the operator, the procedures by which a contract would be reviewed, and the sites compliance with zoning. However, basic

safety and integrity concerns appear to have been tossed aside to facilitate this project. The building in question was originally designed by Robert Scarano, an architect who was since charged by DOB with violating zoning and building codes in over two dozen buildings. As a result of Mr. Scarano abusing loopholes in the zoning for the 165 West 9th Street site, the site was overbuilt compared to the allowed zoning. Despite this, the DOB improperly issued a Certificate of Occupancy in 2010. An overview of how the building is non-compliant with zoning and building laws was detailed in a letter sent to DOB and the Law Department from Attorney Steven Kirkpatrick, dated April 24, 2013. There is strong evidence that substantial construction work was conducted on the building without a permit, that DOB was made aware of the situation, and that they have taken no action to address this violation of law. The existing Certificate of Occupancy does not allow for the building to be operated as a homeless shelter. On March 14, 2013, DOB issued a building permit for conversion from residential use to a not-for-profit with sleep accommodations this would presumably allow the removal of kitchens, repartitioning the apartments as well as associated plumbing and electrical work. However, extensive construction work was conducted in the building apparently without a permit prior to October of 2012. These issues were underlined by an audit conducted by the DOB that found several objections, including those pertaining to the Zoning Resolution, Administrative Code and Multiple Dwellings Law. DOB issued a letter of its intent to revoke the application on May 6, 2013 http://www.scribd.com/doc/175673813/DOB-Response-to-Kirkpatrick and specified that, if the applicant failed to respond to DOBs objections by May 30, 2013, all approvals and permits for the application would be revoked and a Stop Work Order issued. Despite these findings of the May 2013 DOB audit, I have recently learned that all issues were cleared up with DOB by the applicant in August 2013. I understand the Councilmember Lander, Assemblywoman Millman, and Senator Montgomery have requested the audit and information about how the violations were abated but have not received any information or documents as of yet http://www.scribd.com/doc/175673334/Elected-Officials-FOIL-RequestRe-165-W-9th-St-FINAL.

This sudden green light from DOB for this project makes me very concerned about the integrity of the process especially given all of the issues that have emerged about the site, the operator, the method of contract selection, the failure to have an independent review of the responsibility determination, and concerns around the construction approvals process over the past year. I demand that DOB immediately notify elected officials as well as the general public - how these issues were cleared up - and that DOB revoke their decision to allow NYCs #1 homeless shelter slumlord to reap $30 million of tax payer dollars to run a substandard shelter for this citys most vulnerable. Sincerely,