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Bruson Building Gets Certificate of Occupancy After Months-Long Process

By Katie Honan | May 15, 2017 3:57pm

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The city has finally given the owners of the Bruson Building a certificate of occupancy, and they hope to have the building occupied by September, according to the owners.

The historic building, ravaged by a fire in April 2014, has gone through more than three years of rebuilding. 

Last October, Craig Bruno of the Bruno Family Trust, which owns the 37th Avenue building, told DNAinfo they were in the "home stretch" of reopening. 

That stretched out much longer than they initially thought it would, he said. 

"It just takes forever," he said of the process to get a certificate of occupancy, which the Department of Buildings issued to his building last week. They had first filed for a temporary certificate of occupancy in September 2016, he said. 

With all of the paperwork out of the way, Bruno said they hope to begin signing leases with new tenants this summer. 

So far, the only confirmed tenant is Habib Bank, who opened their first Jackson Heights branch in the building in 1988.

The owners said they're "accepting anyone who wants to look at the building" as prospective tenants, Bruno said.