Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sidewalk shed up at alleged new First Avenue motel

Several readers pointed out that the sidewalk shed went up yesterday at 147 First Avenue at Ninth Street...

And now, the guessing game continues... Motel? Condo? An empty lot after the building is razed and the project's funding dries up?

Previously on EV Grieve:
Ninth Street and First Avenue shocker: Motel ... Hello?

Blockbuster: 147 First Ave. set for demolition


Sidewalk Shed said...

A permit is required prior to erecting a sidewalk shed or supported scaffold over 40 feet in height. If a scaffold is on top of a sidewalk shed, the height of the scaffold must include the height of the shed and be taken from the top of the sidewalk. If the supported scaffold is located on a setback or roof of a building, and if the outer leg of the scaffold is located a distance less than half the height of the scaffold (from the top of roof or floor slab), the height of the scaffold for permitting purposes shall include the height of the building below.

Prior to erecting a sidewalk shed, an owner must obtain a permit from DOB. The applicant for a sidewalk shed permit must state the reason such sidewalk shed is needed. These permits are good for one year. Sidewalk sheds must be dismantled within thirty days of permit expiration. Should a renewal of the shed permit be required, other than a new building under construction, an architect or engineer must conduct a thorough examination and report to the commissioner on the work that has been performed and an estimate of the time needed to complete the work. Additionally, in New York City, Local Law No. 33 also mandated that the permit holder post a twenty-five square foot sign on the sidewalk shed with the permit holder’s name, address, telephone number and permit number and expiration date. Adequate lighting must be maintained under the shed. The Construction Division within each borough office of the Department of Buildings (DOB) has jurisdiction over sidewalk sheds.

The Department of Buildings (DOB) inspects construction sites when they receive a complaint. DOB also has a program to inspect major construction sites on a weekly basis for compliance with public safety regulations. Major construction sites are buildings that are more than 15 stories, over 200 feet in height or more 100,000 square feet in area, or any other buildings designated by DOB. The Department’s Building Enforcement Safety Team, (BEST Squad), checks for more than 85 onsite safety features such as safety netting, placement of cranes and protection of adjacent property. Inspectors are empowered to issue violations, summonses and stop work orders for conditions contrary to the Building Code or Zoning Resolution.
Thank You

blueglass said...

i asked the workers if they were renovating or demolishing the 9th & first street building and they said renovating it.
i can't imagine a hotel on the corner of 9th & first, however, worse things are here like the "on top of it all" monstrocity atop TNC and the former sanitation garage at 10th street & 1st.

HippieChick said...

I asked them too, blueglass. Either that's all the English they know, they've been well rehearsed, they're lying, or it's true.

And I agree totally about that godawful TNC building. Apparently the TNC folks were upset that the neighborhood blamed them for selling the air rights...gosh, ya THINK???

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember that before Angelica's Herbs it was a market called Garibaldi's owned by Cosmo of laundromat fame? Late 70's -early 80's.