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Fallen building to be rebuilt

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

The century-old building that collapsed last April on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven will be repaired as is.

Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) announced at a meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association on Jan. 18 that the owner of the building at 78-19 Jamaica Ave. has paid more than $18,000 in fines stemming from the collapse and previous violations and has hired an architect. Angel Vazquez, Miller’s chief of staff, confirmed last week that the owner plans to rebuild the current structure rather than demolish it entirely.

Most of the two-story building remained standing after the collapse. Although the Department of Buildings condemned the two-story structure, a source said the integrity of it is not compromised enough to warrant complete demolition.

The building collapsed after a heavy rain on the evening of April 12, 2013, crushing a minivan. No one was injured, but the adjacent Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters was also damaged forcing the relocation of a senior center there.

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