Now Open: 99 Favor Taste at 285 Grand St.

Korean barbecue restaurant 99 Favor Taste has hopped over the river from Sunset Park to 285 Grand St.

99 Favor Taste has hopped over the river from Sunset Park to 285 Grand St.

Korean-style barbecue has come to Grand Street.

Repairs Begin at Fire Damaged 289 Grand Street, Commercial Building Rises at 285 Grand

285-289 Grand Street.

It’s been a sad sight in Chinatown for more than two years — the two parcels just west of Eldridge Street, where dozens of families were displaced following a devastating fire. Now there’s news about 285-289 Grand Street, properties that remain entangled in legal proceedings.

Earlier this month, scaffolding went up around 289 Grand, and Buildings Department records indicate a major renovation is underway inside the six-story building. Residents, aided by Asians Americans for Equality, have been battling the landlord since the April 2010 blaze. Attorneys for the property owner, Wong’s Grand Street Realty, argued the building was so badly damaged that demolition was the only option. In March, a hosuing court judge disagreed, ordering the owner to make repairs and to return the tenants (many of whom lived in rent regulated apartments) to their homes.

Grand Street Fire Victims Sue Landlord

283-285 Grand Street

A lawsuit was filed this week on behalf of 75 residents left homeless by the devastating fire that ripped through their buildings, 283 and 285 Grand Street, in April of last year.

In a news conference held yesterday at the offices of Asian Americans for Equality,  attorneys working on the case pro-bono announced a civil lawsuit against the building owner, Fair Only Real Estate Corp. The complaint (made available to reporters), alleges that the landlord “directly caused and exacerbated” the fire by “knowingly and intentionally” ignoring “highly dangerous conditions” in the buildings.