More than a year after two-year-old Greta Greene was hit and killed by a piece of the facade at The Esplanade on West End Avenue and 74th Street, the owner and management company have been charged for failing to maintain the building. A release from the Buildings Department says:
“The Criminal Court Informations charge Esplanade Venture Partnership and Alexander Scharf, its managing agent and principal majority shareholder, with violating provisions of the New York City Administrative Code that require all parts of a building, including the exterior walls and appurtenances, to be maintained in a safe condition. It is alleged that even though the defendants had been notified of deteriorating façade conditions that posed a danger to the public, they failed to make necessary repairs in subsequent years. The charges carry a maximum penalty of $25,000 or up to a year in jail, or both.”
The two-year-old and her grandmother were hit by pieces of the facade while they were sitting outside the building on a bench. An engineer was convicted of signing off on a phony inspection report for the building and received probation.
When contacted, the person who answered the phone at the Esplanade said he “cannot discuss this with you right now.”
The building is now covered in netting as facade work continues.