Nosy Neighbor: Why Has Construction Stopped at 30 Warren?

What’s up with the stop work order for the building at 149 Church? —J.

The scaffolding on the east side of Church Street between Chambers and Warren is gone. The buildings were demolished. I thought a 12-story condo was being built there. Qué pasa? —A.

My husband says he saw a work stoppage order posted at the construction site on the east side of Church between Warren and Chambers. Any idea what’s going on or how long the delay will be? They seem to have fallen way behind the other construction site on that block, across the street on the southwest corner of Church and Chambers. —W.

J. first emailed eight days ago, and while I was looking into it, A. emailed, and then W. commented. Stop-work orders are pretty common for new developments; what’s odd about the situation at 149 Church—which is being marketed as 30 Warren—is that, as James noted, the stop-work order was lifted on June 2, but there has been no activity since. Moreover, the Department of Buildings says there’s nothing to stop developer Cape Advisors from starting up work again—or even removing the DOB order pasted on the fence. I’ve reached out to Cape Advisors to find out when the project might move forward; in the meantime, all I can guess is that now that demolition is basically done, they’re gearing up for the build-out. It’s possible that Cape Advisors has a lot on its plate right now, with its much larger development at 75 W. Broadway (including buildings on Warren and Murray) just kicking off demolition. And I don’t know that it’s taking significantly longer than 108 Chambers, across the street, where Greystone is working on a two-story building with a Starbucks on the ground floor. That’s a much smaller project, at least until the remaining eight stories get built.

If the 30 Warren project is news to you, a rendering of the 12-story building is below.

UPDATE: I heard back from Cape Advisors. “Work has been ongoing, albeit slower than we’d like mainly because of the support of excavation and bracing required by the MTA,” emailed David Kronman. “That work is now behind us and demolition is complete. The new building permits were just issued by DOB and foundation work will begin any day.”

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  1. Thanks for the update. It does seem like they’re eager to tear stuff down (including the lovely old buildings on the east side of West Broadway between Warren and Murray)…but take their damn time building some new to (somewhat) ameliorate the destruction they’ve caused to our neighborhood.

    • You can thank the DOB for that. Demolition plans are ready to get approved, by their very nature. It is safer for plan examiners’ jobs to reject construction plans than to approve them, unless the applicant is politically connected.