Clinton St. Fire

5/2/2007 Status:

Here’s a picture of General Lumber now! They cleaned this mess up in a hurry. Anyone know if they’re re-building, or will condos replace it?


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Thursday, May 3, 2007 1:13 pm

Red Haven said it all. Only thing I have to add is that permits and variances are much more difficult to get for new construction than it is to rennovate an existing shell of a building. Would’ve been easier and cheaper to just (as Red Haven said) convert the building after selling out inventory and reopening business elsewhere (Jersey City or Irvington). As well, new construction also carries higher building codes = $$$.

You can never persuade certain people no matter how well founded the facts. Doesn’t serve theirr purpose, so it’s irrelevant.

Red Haven(@red-haven)
Thursday, May 3, 2007 1:00 pm

personalt is right. These conspiracy theories make no sense when you compare them to the facts. This was an accident. There was no incentive for it to be arson. None. Zero. Nada. They could have easily sold out their inventory and all other assets within days, closed the business, gotten easy variances nobody would have disputed and built condos there.

This was a successful business and these accusations of wrongdoing are silly. Have you ever tried to deal with an insurance company after a fire? If you have you know there is little incentive to set your business ablaze just because it got flooded.

Thursday, May 3, 2007 12:19 pm

[quote comment=”24646″]I heard they were looking into whether the severe flooding in the area caused an electrical short that started the fire. I’m not hearing any conspiracy theories. It was a successful business that was recently improved, and if they wanted to build condos on the property they easily could have without a fire.

The lumberyard is a non conforming use surrounded by new condos. They would have had no problem getting appropriate variances. No word yet on whether they will rebuild th elumberyard or go in a different direction.

By the way, walking around the site today you can really see what an amazing job the firefighters did to keep this huge fire from spreading to other buildings. Really impressive.[/quote]

sure they could have got the variances and made $$, but now they get paid for all of the value lost through insurance, plus get the variances. windfall.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 11:04 pm

Brilliant Scheme –

when faced with flood and wash out of inventory (likely an excluded event under one’s insurance policy)–

one has a sudden unexplained blaze (a potentially covered claim).

Wednesday, May 2, 2007 5:26 pm

you guys are crazy. I saw the owner the night of the fire, he looked like he lost a child.

The water came right up into the warehouse really high and shorted out a wire. there was no question the water was high there.. check out that audi in a few of the pictures.. water was over the tires there..

that building was existing non-conforming.. if he wanted to make condos he would just sell out his inventory and then remove that shell of a building. or get another location and them move the inventory there. that lumber yard did really well, if he wanted to make condos out of it would be much more profitable to move the lumber yard first and then make some condos.

He is open now… at least for hardware top stuff they have inside the office side. also I was told for direct orders some their vendors will drop right to the customer. They dont have any trucks, they were all lost in the fire..

settling up insurance takes a while though so I think it will be some time before he gets back all the way..

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