City to Issue Citations, Fines on 26 Market Space

The owner of the building that is slated to become Factors Row restaurant in Annapolis has failed to meet city deadlines for structural repairs.

The owner of 26 Market Space will start receiving citations and fines from the city as early as Oct. 1 for his failure to meet deadlines set by Annapolis for structural repairs.

The city is citing building owner Dana Florestano for four repairs that it says have yet to be completed.

  1. Lack of satisfactory documentation from a Maryland certified engineer that the Fleet Street wall has been stabilized. Fine: $100 per day
  2. Lack of installed monitoring gauges on the Fleet Street wall. Fine: $100 every seven days
  3. Lack of painting or sealing of exposed masonry. Fine: $100 every 14 days
  4. Lack of repair or replacement to windows and door trims. Fine: $100 every 30 days

A laundry list of repairs was outlined in a letter sent by Mayor Josh Cohen to Florestano in May after the Historic Preservation Commission noticed the building had significantly deteriorated, and a Sept. 4 deadline was set.

The commission voted to give owner Dana Florestano an extension at its Aug. 23 and Sept. 11 meetings providing he submitted a letter from his engineer that outlined how the repairs were coming along and when the work would be complete.

Florestano needed to send a letter by Sept. 18 that promised a note from his engineer would be coming to the city. The engineer then needed to submit a written update by Sept. 25.

On Sept. 17, Florestano responded via email that he believed sufficient information had already been provided. 

"We keep on working with this property owner and we never quite get what we asked for," commission vice chair Timothy Leahy said. "They don’t seem to be getting the engineer to commit that the work that has been done has stabilized the building." 

Florestano did not respond to Patch's repeated requests for comment.

At its Sept. 11 meeting, commission chair Sharon Kennedy said she would instruct the city to begin issuing citations if the letters failed to materialize on time.

"We are ready to pull the trigger with property owner on citations and fines since he is technically and legally in violation of the demolition by neglect," Kennedy said.

Eastport resident Bruce Gardner has been working on transforming the space into a new restaurant called Factors Row since 2010. The building, which used to be Riordan's Restaurant, has been vacant since 2007. 

Gardner told Patch on Tuesday that he's already started building out the restaurant's interior and hopes to open by the first week of December. He was surprised by the news that the city would begin citing the building and hoped it wouldn't affect his timeline for opening.


Read more on this issue:

Factors Row Gets Extension on Repairs
Sneak Peak: A Look Inside Factors Row
Fleet Street Re-Opens in Downtown Annapolis Friday
Riordan's Property Will Soon See Another Restaurant

Jenni Pompi (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Ditto Bruce - I was looking forward to seeing that space filled again.
steven smith September 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM
this coming from the fools that can get the market house right, and with a lot of empty stores down west st and in town . You think they would kiss someones ass that was willing to open a shop in town. Maybe thats why few dare to open a store or restaurant in town , city of annapolis has to screw with them .Fix your own problems and leave the little guy be


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