DOB Halts Extell’s 80-Story One Manhattan Square Due to Cracking Walls in Nearby Buildings

Posted on: February 25th, 2016 at 5:19 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Finally some action.

Confirming the months-running fears of neighbors, Extell Development Corp. was taken to task over its construction of the eighty-story One Manhattan Square down on South Street. The Department of Buildings issued stop-work orders due to cracking in the adjacent building at 82 Rutgers Street. Thus the “immediately hazardous” language attached to the edict.

These types of fissures have also been a common sight throughout Two Bridges Tower at 82 Rutgers Street since ground-break. In the early days of the deafening excavation work, walls and ceilings separated and crumbled, infrastructure shook, and doors were no longer closing properly. All along, residents voiced concerns, but were shot down by Extell and construction manager LendLease, who said that the building was structurally sound. For its part, however, Barnett and company are actively “touring” the affected apartments to assess damage, and will repair problems at their own cost.

So, why now?

This image has been archived or removed.

Cracks inside a stairwell at 82 Rutgers St.Per Real Deal:

When the DOB went to investigate a week later, “it was observed that due to construction operations, the contractor created movement at [the] adjoining building,” according to a partial stop-work order issued on Jan. 14.

Work did not stop, however, according to a second complaint. On Feb. 17, the DOB doled out another violation to Extell and Lend Lease for allegedly failing to comply with its first order. The DOB then issued another partial stop work order on Feb. 18.

Gary Barnett’s firm referred questions to Lend Lease, which in a statement said that is “working with the project consultants to provide the Department of Buildings with documentation requested related to this matter.”

The development is no stranger to these controversies. You’ll recall that construction activities last June reported caused Cherry Street to sink some three inches. The DOB acted in kind, and likewise issued stop-work orders.

Meanwhile, an “Extell update” is listed on next month’s CB3 agenda for the Land-use subcommittee.

It’s high time Extell’s big cheese Gary Barnett consider reducing the height of this (flood zone) monstrosity. The fact that “sellout price” estimates were decreased this week is a sign that maybe 815 condo units on this spot isn’t sound thinking. Get ready for lots of “non-dos.”

Recent Stories

16-Year-Old Fatally Shot in the Face on Delancey Street Last Night

A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed on Delancey Street last night, near the on-ramp to the Williamsburg Bridge, cops said. The teenager was shot in the face near the corner of Suffolk at about 8:30pm. Right at the foot of Essex Crossing. First responders rushed the boy, who was unconscious, to Bellevue Hospital for […]

CBGB Shut Down 15 Years Ago on the Bowery

Fifteen years ago. This was the night – arguably – that the last breath of punk exhaled on the Bowery. When CBGB concluded its residence at 315 Bowery. And the block could not look any different today. The former venue became, and remains, the upscale John Varvatos boutique; while its old CB’s Gallery space is […]

MOSCOT Launches New Chromeo Collaboration with in-Store Performance

MOSCOT recently launched a new collaboration with popular electro-funk duo Chromeo. To celebrate, the eyewear company is hosting a live performance of the group at its Orchard Street flagship tonight. According to the press release, the new “luxurious capsule collection” features two limited edition frame styles co-designed by David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” […]

Charlie Bird Vet Eyes Division Street for ‘Parcelle Wine’ Spinoff

A veteran of Charlie Bird is spinning off the popular Hell’s Kitchen wine shop into a dedicated bar on the Lower East Side. Down on Division Street in the orbit of Forgtmenot, Dimes, and Kiki’s. Three-year-old Parcelle Wine, situated inside the Henry Hall apartment building near the Lincoln Tunnel, has plans for 135 Division. Specifically, to […]

New York Rangers Pop-up Honors Hockey Great Rod Gilbert with LES Pop-Up

The New York Rangers are headed to the Lower East Side to honor one of its legendary fallen players, Rod Gilbert. With support from the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Blueshirts are hosting a pop-up tribute to the forward at 2 Rivington Street. “As we drop everything for Hockey Week, we also want to lift […]