Extell Hit with Stop-Work Order for Controversial Excavation Work at 250 South Street
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Wow, what a week for Extell here on the Lower East Side waterfront. Just a few days after we first exposed that excavation work at 250 South Street was causing Cherry Street to sink a purported two to three inches, the billion-dollar developers were handed a partial stop-work order.
The Department of Buildings issued the cessation edict on Wednesday, after earlier inspections of the grounds, but “partially rescinded” the order later that day.
As previously reported, workers poured an “asphalt patch” along Cherry Street to level the pavement, and also installed shoring braces to help hold everything in place.
It’s clear that there are more “global” site safety issues here, but Extell isn’t owning up to anything. They commented to Gothamist this week simply there is “no basis and no comment” to the allegations.
Despite assurances and permits to the contrary, Extell’s new market rate monolith at 250 South Street is feared to rise nearly 80 stories (831 feet!). There had been some hope that the skyscraper would be reduced to a still-unwieldy 56 stories. But for whatever reason, those plans are apparently kaput. The recent uncovers of zoning documents illustrates the new heights.