Pile Driving Efforts for Extell’s 72-Story Tower at 250 South Street in Full Swing; Neighbors Worried About Noise

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 at 9:22 am by

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Photo: Two Bridges Tower

The Extell Development Company is knee-deep in the pile driving phase of its monstrous two-tower development at 250 South Street (Sauron and Saruman?). It’s the beginning of what promises to to be years of riverside construction.

Ever since materials and equipment were mobilized to the Pathmark-killing project site, the earthquake-style rumbling from pylon installation has been constant. It’s a busy scene, and the multi-million-dollar job continues despite a late-December stop-work-order for a caving sidewalk. The Department of Buildings revised the edict to a partial, but locals are rightfully still worried about safety…

Nevertheless, members of the enormous construction team briefed the community last week on the two towers, but did little to allay concerns about the dissolution in quality-of-life. Neighbors in the immediate vicinity complain about cracks in the walls and ceilings of their homes. Not only that, but the constant pounding is relentless and will last for at least another year! Project management (i.e. Lend Lease) seemed unwilling to consider shifting the schedule to provide relief. Even when CB3 District Manager Susan Stetzer tried bargaining to have work begin slightly later in the mornings (an hour later), especially on Saturdays. Normal weekday hours are 7am-6pm; weekends with after-hours variance, 9am-5pm. The bid was “taken under consideration.”

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Between 250 South Street and work down at the Seaport, residents are now trapped in an echo chamber.

Meanwhile, there are no renderings of the development on the plywood, as mandated by the DOB. So, once again, Extell playing coy…

As previously noted, the Extell development boasts a 13-floor building for “affordable” tenants, and a separate, sun-eclipsing 72-story “Tetris tower” for market-rate living. The latter construction is luxury to the hilt, attracting the elite with 790 units and access to amenities never before seen in the neighborhood (bowling alley, pools, Turkish baths).

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The local conversation still bubbling beneath the surface, though, is the “poor door” nature of the affordable building. Separate but equal entrances are not equal.

Both Extell structures are slated for a 2018 completion date. However, the DOB has yet to officially approve plans for the “affordable” building.

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