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Auto Shop Blocks East Harlem Project by Rybak Development

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Left to right: Sergey Rybak of Rybak Development and Elie Fouerti of Appliances Connection (Getty Images, Rybak Development, YouTube/Elie Fouerti, Google Maps)

Sergey Rybak’s development for the second time this year was hampered by a holdout.

uncooperative after synagogue The East Harlem auto shop is poised to tear down another project by the Brooklyn-based developer.

Owning an auto repair shop on 3rd Avenue 2013 for the past 15 years, Prestige Automotive stands between Rybak Development and his vision for mixed income. 15 stories We have retail space on site.

Ribak, together with the building owner, Ellie Fortyaccording to the lawsuit, shifted into high gear in its efforts to liquidate the property.

in the Complaintfiled last week, Prestige alleges that Fouerti and Rybak harassed the auto shop in an attempt to evict it because the tenant rented “the only part of the development site that remained occupied.”

According to city records, the developer’s plans for a 91-unit residential building included 3rd Avenue (east of the street bounded by 110th and 111th Avenues) from 2005 to 2015. increase.

The developer acquired the building on the block last November and paid a total of $13.4 million for the Auto Shop property, adjoining land It housed a grocery store.

After New York’s Yimby reported in March, Fouerti said applied for demolition permit As for the southern half of the site, Prestige claims workers began demolishing Third Avenue in April from 2005 to 2011.

The lawsuit alleges that work done in 2011 on Third Avenue, a building adjacent to the Auto Shop, removed debris that fell on cars in the Prestige’s garage, causing an estimated $40,000 worth of damage. .

Additionally, Auto Shop alleges that Fouerti and Rybak began demolition of the interior of Third Avenue in 2011 without proper permits. Submitted in June — and the Building Department has repeatedly flagged the work as “illegal and dangerous construction.”

Still, workers at the site violated multiple stop-work orders and were fined $45,000, according to the lawsuit. A building department complaint filed in July alleges the crew removed the stop sign and began work.

Then, early last month, the shop said internet and phone service had been cut off near the side of the building adjacent to 2011 Third Avenue, causing developers to block the roof with a 2×4, preventing the Spectrum team from restoring it. discovered. service.

Prestige claims they were forced to shut down for five days due to lack of internet and phone access.
The result was a $50,000 business loss.

Even before Fouerti and Rybak became involved with the site, the complaint alleges that the former owner, AK Properties Group, tried to pressure Prestige out of a lease.

Prestige renewed the lease in early 2020 and extended the lease until August 2028. That contract eliminated a clause allowing the owner to terminate the lease based on the intent to sell the property, the lawsuit alleges.

But in June 2021, AK tried to do just that. After that, in September, I sent an estoppel certificate (a document that clarifies the terms of the lease) to Prestige. However, Auto Shop refused to sign the certificate before the building was sold, the complaint says.

The auto shop is now asking the court to stop Fouerti and Rybak from engaging in further harassment, seeking civil penalties of $50,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000, and $25,000 in attorneys’ fees. increase.

Neither Fouerti nor Rybak responded to requests for comment.

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