Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The ridiculously narrow pedestrian passage at the NE corner of St. Mark's Place and 3rd Avenue

Over at the northeast corner of St. Mark's Place and Third Avenue, EVG reader Perry K. notes a troubling trend.
The barricades by this construction site keep getting narrower and narrower. I'd say it’s in the range of less than a foot wide now. Totally nuts with how many people get stuck in there trying to pass each other. It seems like a safety hazard. I have reported this twice to 311, and it was briefly fixed but is now worse than ever.
And that is about a foot (Perry's foot) ...  
Not sure at the moment who's responsible for narrowing this pedestrian corridor. There hasn't been much if any, construction activity behind the plywood fence of late.

As previously reported, a 10-story office building is going in at 3 St. Mark's Place at Third Avenue. 

This past Octoberthe City Council's Zoning Subcommittee voted down the application by developer Real Estate Equities Corporation (REEC) seeking to transfer air rights from the landmarked 4 St. Marks Place to the new building across the street.

With the air-rights transfer, REEC would have been allowed to build 8,386 square feet larger than the current zoning allows on the northeast corner.

Regardless of an extra 8,000 square feet, construction will still happen. The project's architect, Morris Adjmi, has said a building of a similar height size would be built as of right.

REEC picked up the 99-year leasehold for the properties here for nearly $150 million in November 2017. 

Previously on EV Grieve:
• 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...

Now the construction people will just remove those plastic orange and white barricades for more room.

Machomagaman said...


Anonymous said...

Hello - it does not take much effort to move those a few feet - lets get a few of us to do it since no one else will

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised the carpet guy hasn't taken advantage of this! :)

Alan said...

Proof that cars will take up as much space as they can. I live on the block and I'm pretty sure this is just cars and buses slowly pushing the barricades in as people park in the "no standing" construction zone on the south side of the block that's supposed to exist so there's room to drive. (I also filed a 311 complaint yesterday, and did a few months ago the first time this was a problem, as it's entirely inaccessible to wheeled devices)

Anonymous said...

90 degrees out rolled up in a rug, I think not!