Dunkin Donuts’ Noisy HVAC Units on 14th Street Driving Neighbors Crazy

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 at 5:32 am by
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7-Eleven netted mainstream coverage a couple weeks ago for the wrong reasons. Since opening the controversial Alphabet City location on Avenue A last year, neighbors have been kept awake at all hours with its overactive air conditioning and refrigeration units. The narrative quickly became the type of grassroots story that eventually made it to the top of the food chain.

Well, now a similar situation is happening with another familiar chain store, and not too far away, either. A Boogie birdie brings word that the newish Dunkin’ Donuts at 542 East 14th Street (chased out by Extell’s new block-long development) is driving neighbors crazy with its HVAC system.

Dunkin Donuts apparently installed a half-dozen different HVAC units in the small building gap between 540 and 542. These photos submitted by our tipster illustrate the proximity of the mechanics to reisdent windows, yet don’t do it justice. We are told the situation behind these placements is worse, including other fans and a giant ventilation system. All within earshot of residents. If that wasn’t problem enough, this rooftop equipment is also blocking the fire escape exits.

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Tenants in at least one of the affected apartments are apparently exposed to constant buzzing audible through the walls, and a host of other noises which click on and off 24/7. It’s driving them a little crazy.

It’s certainly worth noting that there is a building code law against this sort of action. The legislation (28-301.1) says, “Exhaust discharge must be no closer than 10 feet from building opening as per RS 2-2.1.4 & MC 401.5.2.”

Landlord of 542 is Solil Management, the same one who just leased the giant block wide parcel on 14th Street between A & B to Extell for 99 years.

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