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Three injured in scaffolding collapse at Park Slope’s Mission Dolores

June 30, 2019 Todd Maisel
Buildings officials discuss dismantling remaining debris with Silvercup Scaffold officials.
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The scaffolding of an under-construction condo building collapsed Sunday afternoon, sending hundreds of pounds of metal pipes and wood crashing down 10 stories into popular Park Slope pub Mission Dolores and injuring three people.

Scaffolding on the penthouse portion of the 12-story building — the Parlour Residences at 243 Fourth Ave. — gave way and fell into the outdoor patio of Mission Dolores at 249 Fourth Ave. Three customers were in the patio area; two suffered minor injuries while the third, a woman, suffered serious head injuries, fire officials said.

Building officials examine the damage inside the Mission Dolores pup on Fourth Avenue. Photo by Todd Maisel
Building officials examine the damage inside the Mission Dolores pub on Fourth Avenue. Eagle photo by Todd Maisel

“We heard a huge crash up in the building, so we all ran down and thought it had landed on our truck — it was a huge metal sound,” said Rachel Crittenden, who was helping her brother move from a neighboring building. “We all ran that way, and then we saw the stuff hanging from the building and we went to the front. One girl got hit, and the other two got hit by ricocheted pieces.”

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The injured were taken to Methodist Hospital, according to authorities. The woman is in serious condition, while the other two are stable.

Debris rained down on the outdoor patio of the pub on Fourth Avenue. Photo by Todd Maisel
Debris rained down on the outdoor patio of the pub on Fourth Avenue. Eagle photo by Todd Maisel

The Buildings Department slapped a Stop Work Order on the Parlour Residences and ordered contractor Silvercup Scaffolding to remove any remaining scaffolding not properly secured. A large section of scaffolding was still attached on the ninth and 10th floors after the collapse.

The Parlour Residences are currently under construction, and its condos are expected to sell for up to $3 million. The building is owned by 243 Development LLC, an anonymous corporation that lists 478 Albany Ave. as its address on the 2015 deed.

More than 22 complaints against the property have been filed with the Department of Buildings since the demolition of the previous property began in 2016, according to the department’s website. A contractor was fined as recently as June 26 for failure to certify correction of an immediately hazardous condition.

Silvercup Scaffold officials on the scene would not comment on the cause of the collapse. It was not known by press time if a summons was issued against the property owners.

Debris rained down on the outdoor patio of the pub on Fourth Avenue. Photo by Todd Maisel
Debris rained down on the outdoor patio of the pub on Fourth Avenue. Photo by Todd Maisel

Mission Dolores is popular with locals, especially those who bring their dogs.

Scott Stubbs sat across the street in front of a café with neighbors, watching as crews surveyed the damage.

“The place is usually crowded, but mostly at night. Most people were still at the [Pride] parade. I can’t imagine what would’ve happened if it were crowded,” Stubbs said.

According to Silvercup Scaffolding’s website, the company has been in operation since 2001.

“Silvercup Scaffolding provides specialized, on-site support for the life of the project. Established in 2001 and led by one of the most experienced management teams in the industry, our company excels at what it does,” the website says.

“We do many projects ranging from small, two-man jobs to turnarounds requiring hundreds of people, all with a focus on safety. All our workers are SIA & OSHA trained. We only use the best to serve the best.”


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