Purported Negligence Abounds at 100 Norfolk Street Project Site, Affected Neighbors Allege

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 at 10:32 am by
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​When a folding ladder falls from a high-profile project site and dangles from a cable wire outside your windows, something is definitely wrong. Such was the case on Monday afternoon, when said ladder and various “debris” reportedly fell from the iron skeleton of the cantilevered condos at 100 Norfolk Street.

A resident of Samy Mahfar’s notorious 102 Norfolk Street tenement next door tells us that the payload banged into the windows on its way down and knocked out cable to the apartment. The cord was torn completely from its housing.

“I went to talk to the site safety supervisor, but he was nowhere to be seen,” the tipster tells us. “I didn’t dare enter the site or try to based on previous attempts to speak to them over the summer (met with threats of assault).” That there is the biggest problem. Neighbors allege that the project safety manager is rarely to be found on-premise during construction hours.

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To make matters worse, the apparent lack of supervision reportedly has workers without hard hats, steel-toed boots (oftentimes wearing sneakers), or protective gloves. Smoking was also observed at the project site, which is illegal during construction activities.

Several complaints have been lodged against the developer Adam America and ODA during the year-long construction process. Most are associated with un-permitted after-hours construction or potential structural issues of neighboring buildings.

“These guys put out scaffolding in the front to protect the public and give the perception they care to prevent injury due to mishap but they barely do anything on the back or sides,” our tipster notes.

The new development just reached six stories, half its target height. It’s composed of thirty-eight apartments, though nearly sold out. There is also 11,244 square-feet of commercial real estate split between two stores.

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