Blight Me: 538 Union


Sunday was a nice day for a jog, provided you didn’t have run by the corner of Union and Withers. That is the location of 538 Union Avenue, and its construction fence from hell. If you look carefully between the runners, you can see that the owners have managed to drive piles on the site, which will probably grandfather them if they go for a 421-a tax abatement.

538 Union is supposed to be a five-story (plus penthouse) apartment house with 12 units (designed by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects). Right now its a hole in the ground (contaminated ground at that – 538 and its sister next door are little “E” Hazmat sites) and a blight on the neighborhood.