Norwalk building inspector: State process slowed down work on Duleep building

Abatement work is done in October 2013 at 45 Wall Street. (File photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – The state’s abatement process has been slowing down work on Ganga Duleep’s burned out Wall Street building, Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland said Thursday.

“In her discussion she is looking for it to move,” Ireland said, referring to a meeting last week that he and Economic Development Director Elizabeth Stocker had with Duleep. “… It’s tough with the amount of damage that was there and the abatement that needed to take place.”

Norwalk has filed a blight warning letter with Duleep and TD Bank, which holds the lien on the property. Ireland said Norwalk’s blight ordinance applies to the building because it has 10 residences in it.

No one in the city government has mentioned eminent domain, he said. The bank can get fined under the ordinance, and while the word “foreclosure” is used in the ordinance, the bank probably wouldn’t let it get that far, he said.

Duleep got a full permit for rehabbing the building last summer, he said. An engineering report on the stability of the building has been filed. The state has approved the demolition of the roof, which is necessary because the hazardous materials need to be abated properly, he said.

“That was the next step; they are going to scaffold the building and proceed with the roof abatement,” Ireland said. “… That is supposedly going to be taking place in a very short time and she is ready to go on the rehab of the building itself.”


6 responses to “Norwalk building inspector: State process slowed down work on Duleep building”

  1. anon

    Start the fines, speed her up. Duleep seems untrustworthy. No way this should have taken so long.

  2. John Hamlin

    And if there are continuous delays, what recourse does the city or the neighbors have? As a practical matter, none.

    Thank you Common Council for enacting a toothless blight ordinance.

  3. Michael McGuire

    Regardless of permits and approvals, actions – or lack thereof – are telling. Durably weather proofing this building was the critical and essential first step. This was never done. That alone should be grounds for eminent domain after the first year. 4 years later, its criminal.

    Even if the bank would not release funds you don’t let the asset fall further into disrepair.

    Between this building and her other Wall Street building on the SE corner of Commerce (the one with an endless number of garbage bags dumped on the sidewalk) why is this one person allowed to so negatively effect the neighborhood?

    I’d really like to know who’s responsible for the inaction at the City level – P&Z? Building Department? Health department? Does anyone know?….does anyone care??

    Mayor and Common Council – this glaring hole in our ordinances needs to be fixed, fast. I know Jackie Lightfield will be presenting the Town of Fairfield’s well thought out eminent domain policy to the ordinance committee shortly, if not done already. Stamford and every other town has one. Please embrace it and employ it quickly.

    Don’t dither with this person. Take action, be strong.

  4. John Hamlin

    Stamford and other cities have blight ordinances that are more effective than Fairfield. Without eminent domain as part of the ultimate threat, nothing much will happen. In the cities that have effective blight ordinances, the sky has not fallen in, as Norwalk status quo advocates fear — they just deal with blight more effectively. It’s too bad Norwalk caters to those like Ms Duleep who do what they want with their properties without a thought about neighbors or the community. In Norwalk, it’s all about individual property rights regardless of the consequences. Such a shame.

  5. Bill

    City should send our do nothing sherif to serve her own mom papers of eviction

  6. Paul Lanning

    A burned out tenement deathtrap and garbage all over the sidewalk every day, year after year.

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