Security and Building Vibrations Are Biggest Concerns About Extell’s New Cherry Street Construction Site

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 at 5:22 am by
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Reportedly at the behest of Community Board 3, the Extell Development Company (and project management team, Lend Lease) held its first meeting with the neighbors of 82 Rutgers Street last night. The public forum was meant to address the growing concerns in the area over the imminent construction of two towers on the former site of the Pathmark supermarket.

Extell’s Construction Timeline

Extell honcho Anthony Abbruzzese explained that we are now within the first phase of driving piles which should last roughly ten weeks. Excavation and foundation work will begin thereafter for about ten months. The full project – both the 68-story market rate and 13-story affordable towers – should be complete within the span of three and a half years.

Construction will likely irk everyone around. Site activity is Monday through Friday, 7am to 6pm, with “necessary” weekend work at some point in the future.

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Site Security

Many in attendance were concerned with the overall security plan for the site. The area is pretty dark with little to no lighting. And while Extell promises 24/7 coverage, residents of 82 Rutgers say there are often periods when guards aren’t seen on duty. Ideally, the goal is to install new lights in the coming weeks, as well as a patrol program around the perimeter. Guards will be required to key swipe checkpoints so that project managers can electronically monitor the situation.

Building Vibrations

82 Rutgers is the housing complex most affected by Extell’s work. The concern of many is building vibrations. Several people reported that their apartments shook, some as recently as July 2 (even on the 20th floor); major construction hasn’t even begun. Stock response to their fears was that a “system” is in the works to monitor vibration levels. This technology includes survey points and “black boxes” to record activity. A third-party engineer is tasked with monitoring the situation.

The question that stopped Extell and Lend Lease in their tracks was about evacuation plans. Someone asked whether there is a contingency in place for a possible emergency evacuation due to unsafe practices. Response seemed lost in a political dodge about “taking it under consideration.”

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