With his eyes on his future, the building materials entrepreneur says he did not see the potential of the site as an investment.
But that didn’t stop him from investing millions of dollars in the project.
It all started in 2014 when Nihal Patel, an Indian-born American, saw an opportunity for a high-rise apartment complex in Brooklyn that was near Union Square.
“I was looking for a place to build a high end, high tech office,” Patel said.
He purchased the land for $10 million and soon found a site on Park Avenue that would allow him to build an office tower.
The site, which is about 30 minutes from New York City’s financial district, was chosen as part of a long list of potential sites.
But after months of negotiation, a deal fell through in the summer of 2016.
That left Patel with nothing to show for his investment.
At the time, he said the real estate market was still in a state of flux and he didn’t want to give up on the project, which would have cost more than $1 billion.
Patel took a leave of absence from his job at a technology company in New York and moved to the city to look for work.
As he was starting his new life, he noticed a big vacant building on the block.
According to a police report, a young woman walked up to the property in a red Dodge Ram pickup truck and asked Patel for a ride.
They drove to the block where the building was located and spent a few minutes speaking with the young woman.
During the ride, Patel says he was confronted by a woman who began to ask questions about the location of the building.
She began to tell him about the building, Patel said, and asked him if he knew anyone living there.
When he told her that he didn “knew anyone living in it,” she told him that she was from a local Indian-American community and that she would not be able to live there.
She also told him to leave, Patel told the officer, and the officer said he needed to leave the area.
Police officers who responded to the incident were not able to determine whether Patel had been approached by the young women, but the young man did eventually leave the building in the truck.
In a police statement, the police said they responded to a report of an assault in progress and found that Patel had suffered a minor injury to his leg and was taken to a hospital.
After the incident, Patel was charged with misdemeanor battery.
A court date has not been set.
This story has been updated to reflect that the woman who was attacked by Patel was not an Indian.