The bricks started falling from this mixed-use commercial building at 245 East Ferry Street yesterday (google map). The yellow ribbon appeared this morning. Can the bulldozers be far behind?
245 East Ferry Street
The current owner, Full Gospel Mission Inc., purchased the building in 1982. According to City records a Housing Court case wrapped up in April 2010 with a signed affidavit indicating the owner's consent for demolition. And according to New York State records the entity - Full Gospel Mission Inc. - no longer exists.
The abandoned store front church at 245 East Ferry is the last reminder of a former vibrant city block that was once lined with mixed-use commercial buildings between Welker and Verplanck Streets. The same entity owns the empty corner lot at 247 East Ferry, directly opposite one of the City's most popular soul food restaurants - Gigi's. One of the East Side's most important commercial intersections is one block away - Jefferson and East Ferry.
Here's a side view of 245 East Ferry from earlier this month. The building appears to be structurally sound. It seems counter-intuitive to demolish a building like this given it's condition and proximity to an existing commercial corridor. A creative reuse plan for this property may have short window.