Construction work at the site of a partially collapsed Woodhaven building will begin on Aug. 25, according to the building owner’s lawyer.
“My client is sincerely saddened that the community is upset with him,” said Elio Forcina, the building owner’s lawyer. “When the new building is complete it will be one that the community is proud of.”
The building, located on 78-19 Jamaica Ave., was originally supposed to be fully repaired by Oct. 15, a date established in a prior court appearance. But because the owner received his permit to work on the building later than he expected due to MTA issues and his having to switch contractors, the date was pushed back to Dec. 1.
“He would have started the work earlier if there wasn’t an issue with the MTA,” Forcina said.
At the hearing on Monday, the building owner submitted the permit he received and the plans for construction, which were both approved by the court, added his lawyer.
“My client got the permit a little later than he thought,” Forcina said. “But he is doing everything he can to fix it.”