EAST HARLEM — Almost a yr and a half after an enormous hearth shut down the Metro-North and stranded commuters, the backyard store the place the hearth started continues to be storing “hazardous, flammable and explosive supplies” underneath the Park Avenue viaduct, based on a lawsuit filed by Monday in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom.
Now the commuter railway needs in addition the nursery from its Park Avenue residence, in response to the go well with filed on behalf of the transit company.
The Might 2016 hearth was brought on by a gasoline spill and grew when it unfold to propane, fuel and different flammable chemical compounds within the City Backyard Middle’s storage space, hearth officers stated on the time.
The MTA’s lawsuit blames the hearth on the town’s negligence and carelessness, particularly citing quite a few hearth and constructing code violations as proof that the town failed its obligation to examine the world.
An worker on the City Backyard Middle referred inquiries to proprietor Dimitri Gatanas, who didn’t instantly reply to an e mail.
In 2014, the City Backyard Middle was one in every of a number of companies that was closely broken and briefly closed after a constructing explosion on Park Avenue close to 116th Road.
The hearth started in the course of the weekday rush, prompting the MTA to cancel Grand Central service.
Metro-North has beforehand estimated the hearth injury value the railroad $2.four million and that complete ridership loss was greater than 275,000.
Within the lawsuit, which additionally names the town and the Financial Improvement Company as defendants, the MTA and Metro-North are asking for authorized charges, punitive damages, and to have the courtroom both evict the City Backyard Middle or get them organized to take away the flammable materials.
The lawsuit doesn’t particularly say what the fabric is and an MTA spokeswoman declined to remark citing a coverage towards commenting on pending litigation.