Residents along Eagle Ave. could face fines for collapsed wall

Some residents along Eagle and Cauldwell avenues could be facing fines for the retaining wall that collapsed in October.

Some residents were issued papers stating they were in violation for not maintaining the wall. They face up to $2,500 in fines and have to appear at a hearing Friday. However, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) says it will have someone at the hearing to help residents. HPD officials have been working with the owners to obtain waivers for any violations relating to the collapse.

Meanwhile, residents say they received a letter on November 1 from a contractor who was to start rebuilding the wall. They say work to fix the wall has not begun and they are concerned it could collapse more. HPD officials say an engineer checks the wall three times a week to make sure it is stable. They also say the contractor will start rebuilding the wall in mid to late December.

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