On Friday, the incessant pounding from a pile-driver returned to the construction site on Avenue B at East 12th Street, where a seven-story apartment complex is in the works. (As previously reported, Rev. Carlos Torres of the the Elim Pentecostal Church, the previous occupant here, is the owner of the site. The ground-floor will house the church and a community center. The upper levels of the new building will be designated for some combination of housing.)
On Dec. 18, the DOB issued a Full Stop Order ... and the site remained inactive until Friday. A DOB inspector found a "vertical crack between buildings 181/183 Avenue B" directly next door to the site, per DOB paperwork.
Said one reader in the comments on our last post:
My son attends the school next to this site and the noise is insane. His entire classroom shakes when they are pile driving and the teachers have to shout to be heard. I complained to the construction manager, who told me even he didn't understand why the city was permitting them to build during school hours...
Apparently all is well in the eyes of the city, as the DOB rescinded the Stop Work Order.
Meanwhile, nearby residents and parents of the school next to the site remain understandably unhappy.
Said one in an email this morning:
Parents and teachers of the school next door are *very* upset about it, as the construction noise seems to coincide exactly with school hours and is incredibly disruptive — I'm a parent and honestly it sounds like the pile driving is *inside* the classroom.
One resident posted a quick video this morning, showing just how loud the construction is. Find that here.
There have been seven complaints filed with the city since the construction restarted, records show. One resident figures the city won't do anything else until the nearby buildings collapse.
6 seconds of what the noise is like for 8 hours...
The construction noise driving everyone crazy on Avenue B. vine.co/v/bJvMgv5FjX2— evgrieve (@evgrieve) January 28, 2013
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
Construction site at 185 Avenue B remains shut down for now