Eye On Real Estate
By Lore Croghan
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A beautiful wreck of a house sits behind an ugly plywood fence at 245 83rd St., a blight on a prime Bay Ridge block.
Why won't the guy who bought it in 2007 fix it up?
Gamal Hasan, a real estate agent in Park Slope, purchased the dilapidated Victorian house for $985,000 from the estate of Virginia Mitchell, city Finance Department records show.
That year, Hasan applied for a city Buildings Department permit to construct a horizontal extension on the front and rear of the single-family house and do plumbing and partition work. In 2013, the agency issued a permit for a partial job. But that filing is now marked “job on hold.”
In 2007 the city Housing Preservation and Development Department applied for a permit to demolish the house – and the application was approved – but that didn't happen.
“I have tried to restore the house,” Hasan said in a very short call, before saying he didn't have time to talk further.
Any improvements he may have made are invisible to neighbors and passersby.
Meanwhile, Hasan has racked up thousands of dollars in unpaid Environmental Control Board penalties for violations such as loose wood on the exterior, open, uncovered windows and a hole in the roof, Buildings Department records show. What a mess.
Elsewhere in the neighborhood, construction and renovation are going full tilt.
A house at 55 83rd St. that changed hands last year is in the midst of a makeover that includes the renovation of kitchen and bathrooms and a new rear deck and entry canopy, Buildings Department records indicate.
Bassam and Sahar Amin bought the house for $2.2 million from the estate of Victoria D'Esposito, according to Finance Department records.
Work crews are busy spiffing up a fabulous-looking old manse at 235 84th St., which has belonged to Michael Mutsakis since 1979, with various co-owners along the way, Finance Department records indicate.
Finishing touches are being put on a handsome new house at 7921 Narrows Ave.
Peter and Loredana DePaola bought the two-story frame house at that address for $2.1 million in 2010 and demolished it – and constructed a new 4,000-square-foot home, according to records from the Finance and Buildings Departments.