Per a resident adjacent to the space:
That construction at Ave B and 12th has become the bane of the neighborhood. The vibrations and shaking from it are endangering the old buildings nearby. The noise is unbearable. Why isn't there an uproar in protest from the local residents and merchants? Has the EV become a neighborhood of sheep?
According to one complaint to the DOB:
"Pile driving is shaking old buildings nearby; this new construction is set up to do a lot more of this; it is unnecessary and inappropriate construction technique for this old neighborhood."
Apparently the DOB finally took notice, issuing a Full Stop Order on Dec. 18 ... the site remains shut down several weeks later. A DOB inspector found a "vertical crack between buildings 181/183 Avenue B" directly next door to the site, per DOB paperwork.
In addition, the inspector didn't notice "a flagman" when deliveries were being made at the site ... this is especially troublesome given its proximity to the school next door.
The Specific Violation Condition(s) and Remedy via the DOB website:
FAILURE TO SAFEGUARD ALL PERSONS AND PROPERTY AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS.
There's a hearing on the matter scheduled for Feb. 7. Meanwhile, some neighbors are enjoying the construction-free days. "That was like Christmas coming early," said one resident of the Stop Work Order.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Inside the Charles
Former landmark countercultural theater now for rent on Avenue B
7-story building in the works to replace former countercultural theater/church on Avenue B