CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery Hit with Stop-Work Order for ‘Possible Unsafe Crane Operation’
It appears that the incoming CitizenM hotel may not have been totally transparent with their community update this week. In the communique, which we reported on yesterday, their public relations team explained that the crane would be deposed and splayed out for routine “quarterly” maintenance (i.e. safety purposes). There’s more than meets the eye, though.
You see, the Department of Buildings issued a partial stop-work order on December 14 for “possible unsafe crane operation.” Scary, considering neighbors’ prior allegations that this might not be the proper rig for the job, and how it’ll be onsite for at least another five months to hoist the remaining modular units.
As previously reported, the Rinaldi Group is the contractor for the 19-story tower; it’s reportedly a non-union job. Their report card when it comes to safety is terrible, at best. The firm has faced several controversies during its tenure at 189 Bowery. They were suspended in the wintertime after an investigation into the death of a construction worker at their Riu Hotel job site on West 46th Street, and the city revoked permits citywide; then there was the collapse of a perimeter sidewalk bridge; and plenty of stop-work orders along the way.