Destabilized 210 Bowery Hit with 2 Stop-Work Orders

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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The developer of a new eight-story condo building at 210 Bowery is in trouble yet again. And it’s resulted in another mandated halt. This time for failure to provide adequate plans, drawings, and other documentation.

Ever since last August, when a basement wall collapsed and injured two construction workers installing an elevator shaft, the city has been reviewing the project with greater scrutiny. Understandably so. Said collapse caused a frenzy of emergency-related inter-agency activity that resulted in several scary stop-work orders. Demolition was halted thereafter and iron braces loaded to protect the adjacent buildings.

A month following the disaster, though, Acadia Realty Trust resumed onsite operations. Business as usual. Amendments on file with Department of Buildings allowed for the removal of debris from the “elevator pit” in the basement under condition that an alternative “shoring design” be submitted.

Until last week. DOB again came down hard with a pair of stop-work orders. Basically, work is happening without the sign-off of the city; the updated plans were not approved (“failure to provide approved design drawings”) and activity is beyond the scope. But the edicts were partially rescinded yesterday, allowing only “housekeeping and safety measures,” no heavy-duty construction.

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All this deception and danger for an eight-story payload of luxury housing to 210 Bowery. The former 1930s-era flophouse has been undergoing foundation and underpinning work since last winter. As previously reported, Acadia Realty Trust purchased the property three years ago for $7.5 million.

If and when this job is ever completed (original date was March 2016), the new development will boast seven full-floor units comprising 12,824 square-feet of floor area; the single commercial space is slated for 1,989 square-feet. Amenities include roof deck, basement storage, and seven bicycle spaces.

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