2400 Webb Avenue
More than 70 families were forced to evacuate the building earlier this month after a contractor, who filed improper permits for renovations at the building, removed the fire escapes illegally.
Hundreds of people also demanded answers at a meeting Tuesday night after a week of living in hotels or staying with family. However, the property owner, Goldfarb Properties, was not present.
The owners of an evacuated Bronx apartment building hunkered down Wednesday as residents and reporters demanded answers as to why they would remove fire escapes and render the entire structure unsafe.
The hunt was on Wednesday for the licensed engineer, Roland Draper, who filed improper permits for renovations at 2400 Webb Ave., in the Bronx, and as a result the fire escapes were removed illegally.
Every apartment door was closed off and sealed with, of all things, orange towing signs. In the end, having no fire escapes throughout the building forced more than 200 residents to move.
It’s the Bronx tale with a terrifying twist. It would seem that maintaining a working a fire escape is building owner 101, but the owners of the Bronx apartment house in question refused to say why they took their fire escapes down in the first place.
Longtime residents of a seven-story apartment building in the Bronx found out they’ll have to vacate from a sign on the door.