The former HOOPS Deli & Market at 42nd and Chester had a side wall collapse yesterday morning, and is now being torn down entirely. The wall caved in due to adjacent construction activity by Shafer Properties LLC, City Paper’s Ryan Briggs reports.
Thankfully, HOOPS has been closed for a long time, so no one was eating a cheesesteak when the wall fell in. But the Shafer construction site did have an outstanding L&I violation going back at least a month.
HOOPS was owned by the University of the Sciences -- presumably post-sandwich making. Briggs:
USP had hoped to unload the building, which it deemed "too small" for redevelopment, but now will be billed by the city for demolition costs and likely be wrapped up in insurance claims with the developer that caused the collapse, Shafer Properties LLC. Shafer Properties had been constructing two six bedroom residences.
"Obviously there are going to be some legal issues," said Scott Mulderig of Licenses and Inspections.