Breaking: City Files Charges Against Robert Scarano
The Department of Buildings and the Department of Investigations announced today that charges have been filed against architect Robert Scarano for make false or misleading statements on applications for two new buildings in Brooklyn.
Both the buildings are in Greenpoint. One, at 158 Freeman, can not legally be a residential building. The other is approximately 2,000 square feet taller than is legally permitted, according to the department of buildings.
"Flouting building and zoning regulations undermines the quality of life for all New Yorkers, and we will continue to identify and hold accountable individuals who abuse the rules, said Acting Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri.
If proven true, Scarano faces possible suspension or revocation of his ability to file documents with the Buildings Department.
Scarano has been one of the most prolific--and most reviled--architects during the construction boom in Brooklyn. Critics allege that is gaudy buildings are out of place with neighborhood character and frequently cut corners in zoning and construction safety.
In 2006, the DOB stripped him of his right to self-certify that his plans meet building codes and zoning laws.