9/28/12 • Real Estate
Northwest Tribecans got a rude awakening this morning when demolition started at 460 Washington—the 10-story Related project (on Ponte Equities land) bringing 107 rentals to a big plot bordered by Washington, Watts, and West. It was grab-the-baby-and-get-out time in 288 West as the building shook so badly that residents thought an earthquake was underway. When cracks started appearing in the south-facing brick walls, they called the Fire Department, which called the Department of Buildings, which immediately issued a stop-work order on the site.
The resident I spoke with said that 288 West dates to the mid-1800s, and that they’re concerned about hardcore demo and construction happening so close to the water table. They’re faced with development to the north, too—a VE Equities project (290 West) that has been upfront with residents, putting the treatment from the south in stark relief.
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