Thursday, March 21, 2013

Checking in behind the plywood at 316-318 E. Third St.

Time for a check behind the plywood here at 316-318 E. Third St., where a Karl Fischer-designed, 33-unit apartment building is in the works ... replacing a circa-1835 single-family home.

EVG reader Bobby G. sent us these photos showing the work in progress...

Bobby points out that this area was known as the Dry Dock district ... and that ground water is close to the surface in this area, especially at high tide...

So. The cement the workers poured Tuesday quickly became submerged...

Should be good for mosquitos soon enough.

Also, in the middle photo in this post... you can see the progress at Alphabet Plaza, the 12-story mixed-used apartment building at Avenue D and East Houston.

Previously on EV Grieve:

Another parcel of East Village land ready for development

33-unit, Karl Fischer-designed building rising at former home of Community Board 3 member

Landmarks Preservation Commission rejects hearing for 316 E. Third St., paving way for 7-floor condo

Lovely townhouse with bucolic gardens on East Third Street ready for "creative expansion"


Anonymous said...

Interesting that they stepped back the foundation walls from the adjacent buildings. Giving up basement space because they don't want to underpin? Weird. Must have been a very tricky site. I also don't see a dewatering system -- which would account for the swimming pool in the excavation. That's bad. The concrete will not be properly cured. Some water is fine, but submerging like that is not optimal unless the mix is right and it is placed by tremie. I can't see a whole lot of detail in these pics, but it doesn't look like they'd have placed it that way.

By the way, it is concrete, not cement. Concrete is sand, cement, gravel, and water. That's what gets used to build. Pure cement isn't strong enough to build with alone.

A Pedantic Person Who Works in Construction

MaddMaxx said...

I love your blog - from hawks to history! I developed a passion for the history of NYC; it's amazing. And sad at the same time. Sometimes, nature has a way of resisting humankind and I love it! A little thorn in the sides of the greedy developers that are raping this great City of what has made it so unique. Give 'em hell, mosquitoes!