Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman.
I happened to be out on an evening stroll tonight, when I heard what sounded like a car engine starting and stopping repeatedly. That's to be expected on a busy corridor like Penn. But as I crossed 27th, I snapped the photos above. These are from 2701 Oliver Avenue North, a property owned by Brandon C Fischer and Kevin Owen. Sadly, this is not the first time I have blogged about this heap that appears to be held together by chicken wire and code violations.
This was, however, the first time I have seen and heard a crane and other power equipment running this late in the evening. Odd work like this should always prompt a 311 report, but tonight it rose to the level of 911 because...
...I could hear their machinery almost a block away. I'm deaf in one ear, so if someone like me can pick up on sounds at that distance then we are clearly dealing with a noise violation.
Furthermore, at the time of this posting, no permits are listed online. While the lack of available permits on the City's website isn't definitive proof of a lack of permits, it certainly isn't encouraging. Still, it sure looks like someone is operating a crane at a property and doing major repairs without a permit.
But it's not like there's no rental license at this duplex, right? Surely they've at least got THAT part--what's that? There hasn't been a rental license since 1998? (live link to this info not working) And after a fire, the upper unit was vacated by inspections, at which time there was ALSO no rental license. Well, I stand corrected.
Which leads me to wonder: Is there anything going on at 2701 Oliver that DOESN'T involve a code violation of some sort?