West Farms businesses closed by the FDNY may soon re-open

(08/04/04) WEST FARMS - A group of East Tremont Avenue businesses shut down by the FDNY for faulty sprinklers may be opening up again on Thursday.

The businesses, all housed in one building, were closed Tuesday for fire code violations stemming from broken sprinkler systems. An FDNY spokesperson says the department tried to resolve this issue with the building's landlord for approximately two years. When the landlord did not respond to repeated inquiries, the spokesperson says the FDNY had no choice but to close the businesses down.

Now the building's landlord, Brian Popper, is telling tenants they should be allowed to re-open on Thursday. Tenants say they remain skeptical about the latest update from Popper. Some of the business owners locked out Tuesday say they do not approve of the way the landlord has handled the situation.

Related story: Faulty sprinklers force FDNY to close six businesses in West Farms

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