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Ireland provides update on Norwalk eyesore

Not much has changed at 45 Wall St., in terms of its view from across the street. Construction began more than a year ago.

Updated, 7:51 p.m.: More information. 

NORWALK, Conn. — If you think there’s nothing going on at 45 Wall St., you’re mistaken, according to Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland.

Wall Street businessman Mike McGuire on Monday said he hadn’t seen any work being done on the dilapidated building – which is across the street from his office – since before Christmas. NancyOnNorwalk contacted Ireland, who sent a series of photos.

The state of 45 Wall St. on May 5. (File photo)

The photos were in an email dated Tuesday, sent to Ireland from Demetrios Panteleakis of DP Consulting.

“All work is taking place inside the building’ right now, nothing has stopped,” Ireland said.

The building has sat dilapidated since it was heavily damaged by a fire in August 2010, earning a reputation as holding the neighborhood back.

The state of 45 Wall St. on Thursday.

Norwalk had been pursuing owner Ganga Duleep under the commercial blight ordinance, threatening her with fines of $100 a day, until the work began. The fines are on hold but would be backdated to December, 2016, if the blighted condition is not resolved, Ireland said in March.

Construction began more than a year ago. In October, Ireland said, “They are rebuilding it from the ground up new.”

On Monday, Ireland confirmed that a flooring system was built first for the second floor on up, and then an outside wall was repaired, at the top of the building. Now, work is progressing on the bottom floor, he said.

The email from Ireland was copied to Norwalk Preservation Trust President Tod Bryant.

Bryant said Saturday evening that he’s been getting weekly updates on the building from Ireland. He does think progress is being made, as shown in the photos, he said.

“This building currently has approved state and federal preservation plans for Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits,” Bryant wrote in July.  “Whatever is being done must follow those plans.  Building codes also play a role in what can and can’t be done to a building that was burned and then left exposed to the elements for years.  In the end, this building will continue to be part of the historic Wall Street streetscape.  The fact that even the façade will be saved is a miracle.”

The photos from Ireland:

13 comments

Mitch Adis February 10, 2018 at 7:39 am

Progress? Really Mr. Ireland? This is the Charlie Brown and Lucie with the Football routine. Stop. Either start fining or stop talking. Pick one.

Kathryn Breault February 10, 2018 at 7:46 am

If she is in noncompliance with permits, then impose the appropriate fines now. I have heard the story that work is being done but it is not visible. Maybe we need a pair of magic glasses.

Rick February 10, 2018 at 11:08 am

earning a reputation as holding the neighborhoods back

The city does this all the time who checks them?

Its hard to gain support when while the rest of the city suffers ,

clean up city hall and then maybe you will see cleaning up Norwalk comes much faster with regular glasses.

Not for nothing down street still stands a new eyesore and has for months, Duffs parking garage the mayors future ribbon to be cut.

If Im not mistaken the voters can take action or is this what we are are waiting for , someone to come in and save wall st right before the next election.

You have to wonder is it blight or politics?

Mitch Palais February 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm

I am very skeptical

I logged a complaint in an unrelated issue, and left messages for Mr. Ireland and never received a call back or any indication of follow up.

Hugh Sling February 10, 2018 at 5:38 pm

The photos are hilarious. Duleep just does what she pleases. There’s no apparent reason why that should be, but it’s true. Wall St. is testimony to the fact that those in power here will never do anything to fix the city’s problems. Residents are forced to either accept that reality, or else pack up and move to a better-governed municipality.

Bujji February 10, 2018 at 5:50 pm

So Mr Ireland in a year they managed to move some bricks and make the dirt look more organized? Meanwhile they’ve done more work at the Mall site in 6 months than Duleep has done in 8 years. Go figure? Residents have no choice but to stand by while ineptitude rules at City Hall. What does Duleep have on you guys?

Patrick Cooper February 10, 2018 at 7:12 pm

So let me get this right – this building owed by Duleep has been in the state of total disrepair now over seven years. The mall will be built from shovels in the ground to opening day in under three years. I just visited today The TPC in Pontra Vedra Florida – they built a 65,000 square-foot clubhouse in under one Year

The question really is what does this Duleep have on Rilling? POKO next door. Shame shame – no one takes the blame.

Tysen Canevari February 10, 2018 at 9:49 pm

Perhaps if there was an opportunity for the politicians and government officials to cut a ribbon or stick a shovel in the ground at this location then they would push progress. Why have a blight ordinance that we don’t enforce. Its a slap in the face as well to the firemen that fought to save this building. We need to maintain the current infrastructure in Norwalk as much as we worry about building the new!

Hugh Sling February 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Indeed, what is the point of having laws that aren’t enforced?The fact that Norwalk paid an undisclosed settlement to the victims indicates that the building was non-compliant at the time of the fire.

Alan February 11, 2018 at 4:11 pm

This looks like a Roman ruin. And after 8 years she’s still stabilizing the foundation? Perhaps the building should be razed. Why the special treatment for Duleep? Wasn’t her daughter a Common Council member a few years back? Perhaps that’s the political connection with the Mayor.

Reasonable Doubt February 11, 2018 at 9:14 pm

The cover picture says it all. Something is wrong at City Hall to condone then defend this for 7 years.

Tired of Driving By.... February 13, 2018 at 7:39 am

I drive by this building everyday. Not much has been going on. I understand that it takes time for insurance settlements but not 8 years. It is an eyesore for Wall Street and Norwalk as a whole. We need the city to step in. Other building owners would have been held accountable. Not sure what is going on here.

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