Asbestos abatement underway at controversial 21-16 44th Drive site

Asbestos abatement has begun at the highly controversial 21-16 44th Drive construction site. While no concrete details have emerged about the building, residents have expressed concern based on the track record of the developer.123

This is an excerpt from The Ridgewood Times recapping Community Board 2’s meeting in November, 2013:4

Residents said they were concerned that a developer who controlled one shelter dubbed the “Hell Hotel” may be coming to 21-16 44th Dr. in Long Island City. […] Alan Lapes, whose name appears on several work permits issued to the site on Oct. 25, has a history of operating nonprofit shelters, which provide the homeless with rooms that are subsidized by the city.

While nothing is set in stone… yikes.

For now, here are photos from construction:

21-16 44th Drive

Scaffolding surrounds 21-16 44th Drive

21-16 44th Drive

Warning signs like these pepper the building

21-16 44th Drive

A look inside 21-16 44th Drive

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