The Building at 475 Kent St, which was forcibly vacated this past January because of multiple fire code violations and an illegal matzo factory in the basement, has reopened its doors to artists and creative types seeking shelter from the uninspiring, hostile streets and/or overpriced living and working spaces in the neighborhood. On May 1st former residents began moving back into the building, known as “the kibbutz” after three months and 10 days.
Borough President Marty Markowitz applauded the decision saying “Bravo to the City and the Fire Department for working to ensure these Brooklynites can now safely return to their homes and, for many, artistic workspaces at 475 Kent Avenue—and congratulations to the tenants and the landlord, who have worked respectfully with the City to come into compliance and preserve this unique example of creative affordable housing in Brooklyn.”
Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-North Brooklyn) expressed his joy and relief that the residents of 475 Kent Avenue have been given the green light to move back into their homes and businesses. The vacate order, which had been in effect since late January, was lifted on Thursday after the building passed inspections by the Fire Department and the Buildings Department.
“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m glad that everyone is back where they belong,” said Lentol. “It looks like the nightmare is finally over.”