East Tremont Avenue stores closed by the FDNY hope to reopen next week

Storeowners on East Tremont Avenue are still waiting for clearance to reopen their shops.On Tuesday, stores in a building owned by Popper Properties on a stretch of East Tremont Avenue were closed because of fire code violations. The FDNY says over the course of two years the property manager, Brian Popper, refused to get a working sprinkler system. The businesses were closed by the FDNY citing safety concerns. The merchants say the owner is fixing the sprinklers but they do not be expect to reopen until next week. An official FDNY inspection must occur on the repair work before the stores can reopen.Popper Properties declined to comment on the situation. Related story: Faulty sprinklers force FDNY to close six businesses in West Farms

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