Monday, March 23, 2020

Soil testing underway at the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and St. Mark's Place

[Photos by Steven]

Late last week, we spotted a Davey Drill in the empty lot on the northeast corner of St. Mark's Place and Third Avenue... where workers were taking soil samples ahead of the controversial new office building planned for the space...

Where we left off: On March 4, the City Planning Commission held a public meeting to discuss the air-rights transfer for the 10-floor building ... at which time local City Councilmember Carlina Rivera submitted joint testimony with Assemblymember Deborah Glick and State Sen. Brad Hoylman opposing the plan. Rivera holds the key vote when the proposal eventually comes before City Council.

This item won't likely advance any further for the time being. As the Village Preservation pointed out, the city approval processes have shut down for the time being during the coronavirus outbreak. The City Planning Commission still needs to cast its vote (all expect an approval) before it heads to City Council.

With the air-rights transfer, developer Real Estate Equities Corporation would be allowed to build 8,386 square feet larger than the current zoning allows.

Regardless of an extra 8,000 square feet, the project will continue.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Demolition permits filed for northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and St. Mark's Place

End is nearing for the businesses on the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and St. Mark's Place

New building plans revealed for 3rd Avenue and St. Mark's Place

Concern over potential air-rights transfer for new office building on St. Mark's Place and 3rd Avenue


Anonymous said...

I see construction workers this morning all over the place, obviously the quarantine is bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Construction workers are considered essential services. So check the facts first please Anonymous.
But every day of delay in getting permits, approvals, costing the developer big bucks. Let's hope that enough money is lost to the delay and prevents the construction of additional floors due to lack of cash.

Anonymous said...

Why is construction considered essential services? The site next door is still in operation everyday, including weekends. This is bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Its a giveaway to the unions and real estate lobby by old Lord Cuomo.

Anonymous said...

Digging into Executive Order 202.6 "Essential Services" really does include construction.

The state provided guidance ( lists
Construction, including: skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes

I just can't see why I can't go to work but the luxury apartment construction guys - and they all seem to be guys these days - get to go to work.