More Stop Work Orders, More Violations for Stagg Project

Although the latest stop work order for a troubled building under construction in Norwood has been lifted, unpaid fines levied against the developer are expected to pass $83,000. The property at 3084 Webster Ave., at the corner of East 203rd Street, an 11-story residence under construction by The Stagg Group, currently has a total of 19 violations, seven which are still pending before an administrative court, according to records by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). The most recent stop work order was issued on Oct. 2, when inspectors found a construction elevator, also known as a hoist, that


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Faces of the Northwest Bronx Homeless

From the freneticism of Fordham to the more bucolic parts of Mosholu Parkway, the uptick in homelessness has not gone unnoticed by residents. In many instances, makeshift beds can be spotted in parts of Fordham while a camp for the homeless is commonly used in a leafy section of Dead End Park by Allerton Ballfields. For the number of homeless the Norwood News spoke to, living on the streets is a life more familiar than a roof over their head. It also presents the safest option. And as the city Department of Homeless Services (DHS) mulls over the site of


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Residents to Protest Proposed Shelter Site on Sept. 19

Community stakeholders are gearing up to protest a proposed homeless shelter at an existing carpeting store on Webster Avenue in Norwood. The move follows weeks of unanswered questions by the New York City Department of Homeless Services, which has remained mum on the project. Sam’s Carpeting Inc. at 3041 Webster Ave. is under consideration to become a homeless shelter. The business is across from PS/MS 20, angering residents who would like to see the shelter placed elsewhere. “We feel strongly that the Mayor’s Office and DHS should work with the neighborhood into finding an appropriate site,” Barbara Stronczer, president of


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Protests Considered Against Norwood Shelter

Following acrimony over the city Department of Homeless Services’ proposal to establish a homeless shelter across from an elementary school on Webster Avenue in Norwood, Community Board 7 still appears to be at an impasse in getting the city to reconsider. But Councilman Andy Cohen, who attended the board’s Sept. 12 Land Use/Housing & Zoning Committee meeting, said the city did not give him a “definitive answer” on whether it will relent and scout for a shelter elsewhere. “They have not made the changes we have asked for,” said Cohen, “and so I think it’s going to require some organization


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, After four weeks on a nice break, the print version of the Norwood News is back with plenty of community news you can use. We begin with page one and some news on a possible homeless shelter arriving to the neighborhood. This hasn’t sit well with residents who want the New York City Department of Homeless Services to reconsider a site on Webster Avenue, directly across the street from a public school. Read about the alternative location DHS is looking at and why it’s a viable and realistic option. We then spend pages two and three talking about


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Crime File: Ponytailed Suspect Sought

Ponytailed Suspect Sought  Police need the public’s help in tracking a ponytailed suspect wanted for robbing a 15-year-old of his gold chain at gunpoint. The victim was a standing in front of Easy Pickens at 15 E. Fordham Rd. on the morning of July 20 when he was robbed, according to police. The suspect quickly fled with the gold chain, though the victim was not hurt. Police describe the thief as a Hispanic man around 20 to 25 years old, medium complexion with a red bun ponytail. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.


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Building Woes for Stagg Properties in Norwood

For more than a decade, The Stagg Group, a family-owned real estate and construction firm, has been a powerhouse in building hundreds of units of affordable housing across the Bronx, becoming a saving grace to many low-income New Yorkers. But an incident at one of its Norwood sites in late April, which exposed some deviations from approved construction work, represented some setbacks for the omnipresent construction group. Meantime, residents have some environmental questions for one of the group’s other properties slated to be built in Norwood. “I think we still need to keep asking questions. We’re not making accusations, but


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Hotel in Norwood Continues Burgeoning Trade in the Bronx

  In the span of six months, Norwood has seen an uptick in construction along Webster Avenue, a corridor that for years was primed for steady economic growth unseen in the neighborhood. New affordable housing residences complemented by a storefront pepper tiny pockets of the stretch, heavily rezoned to welcome such properties and the working to middle class families developers hope to attract. And while cafés, restaurants, and a bookstore, priority businesses, are still in waiting, other considerations have been met. Among them is a hotel, the second along the corridor. Just what kind of hotel remains to be seen.


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