Report: Con Edison Sues Extell for Nearly Causing a ‘Steam Explosion’ at One Manhattan Square
Con Edison recently filed a lawsuit against Extell Development Corp. for nearly causing a “massive steam explosion” on the Lower East Side waterfront. The utilities behemoth charges that construction on the 850-foot tower – dubbed One Manhattan Square – damaged its subterranean infrastructure, and that the firm must pay up.
The complaint notes that “Extell was warned by its own engineers that its excavation work for the 815-unit tower was perilously close to Con Ed’s underground network of steam pipes,” but that work progressed nonetheless. Apparently, the digging caused “two joints” to leak.
The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court “on behalf of its innocent rate-paying steam customers for the approximately $4 million that was spent to repair the damaged portion of the steam system and restore the steam system to a safe and reliable service” at the South Street development site.
A rep for Extell told the New York Post, “We deny these allegations and it is under review.”
We reached out to Councilwoman Margaret Chin and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for additional comment about the lawsuit, as well as how the three forthcoming developments might similarly affect the utilities.
No reply. Why are they silent?