Extell Begins Excavation Work at Cherry Street Project Site

Posted on: July 8th, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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A month after Extell’s Gary Barnett tried to curry favor of the locals with the “I’m one of you” group session, there is now some construction activity to report at the Cherry Street project site. The one-story Pathmark supermarket is no longer a concern, while a pair of Davey Drills test the soil ahead of pile driving. Two new buildings are in the works for the riverside property – a 68-story market rate tower, and a 13-story affordable housing residence.

Project management company Lend Lease distributed the following update to the community on behalf of Extell:

The excavation and foundation contractor will mobilize this week to start a test pile program which is expected to take a number of weeks.

Lend Lease will take every measure to ensure that work will be performed safely. Lend Lease personnel will continually monitor site conditions and work being performed to ensure that there are minimal disruptions, to the extent possible, to the community.

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As we reported last month, Extell is laser-focused on the affordable housing component of its multi-million-dollar development. Plans include a separate 13-story building at 229 Cherry Street specifically for low-income tenants, with designer Datter Architects on board. The residential composition of this structure is 205 total units (50% earmarked for residents) broken down as follows: (1) 49 studios, (2) 50 1BR’s, (3) 105 2BR’s, and (4) 1 spot for the super. The base of both buildings will incorporate both a supermarket and drug store.

Neighbors are none too pleased with the “separate but equal” situation between the two buildings.

Extell hopes to have both buildings constructed in three-and-a-half years.

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