Controversial Brooklyn Architect Robert Scarano Loses Appeal

State Court Dismisses Case; Department of Buildings Comments

VINEGAR HILL — The once-favored Brooklyn architect, Robert Scarano, whose firm Scarano Architects is based on the border of DUMBO and Vinegar Hill, has apparently lost his final effort to be reinstated with the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) to file applications and construction plans.

The New York State Court of Appeals in a decision yesterday dismissed Scarano’s efforts to seek reinstatement of his filing privileges with the DOB, according to Robert LiMandri, DOB commissioner.

Following is a statement received by the Eagle from LiMandri late Tuesday:

“Today’s decision sends a clear message that there are serious consequences for those who flout the law to make a profit.

“In his attempts to circumvent the city’s Building Code and Zoning Resolution, Robert Scarano showed a disregard for the laws that ensure safety and quality of life for all New Yorkers.

“Since 2008, 26 licensed professionals have lost their filing privileges with the department. I would like to thank the Law Department and my staff for the work they do to hold licensed professionals accountable for their actions.”

Scarano, who was responsible for hundreds of residential developments during the construction boom, was also often criticized by community groups for overbuilding and violating city zoning laws, Crain’s New York Business noted Tuesday.

Also, as Crain’s noted, the DOB had banned Scarano from making filings under a 2007 state law, which allows the city to bar licensed architects. Scarano unsuccessfully challenged that law.

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