Last night, residents in the Two Bridges area were granted an opportunity to quiz executives of Extell Development and Lend Lease, its contractor, about the massive project now under construction at the former Pathmark site on Cherry Street.
Extell is putting up a 72-story luxury residential tower and a 15-story affordable building where the supermarket once stood. The meeting was orchestrated by the tenant association at Two Bridges Tower, the neighboring property, and Community Board 3. Although several people showed up to ask questions about the huge scale of the project and the tax breaks Extell is receiving, they were quickly shut down. Organizers said the meeting was intended only to address concerns about early morning noise, safety issues and other construction-related matters.
Residents said the pile driving operation at the site is creating an unbearable amount of noise and disruption. Sometimes their apartments are shaking so forcefully that people think they’re living through an earthquake. Several residents of Two Bridges Tower have reported cracks in their walls. According to Lend Lease, the loudest work for the building foundation will last another 10 months or so. They expect to begin building the superstructure very late this year or early in 2016. On weekdays, workers are on the job 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Construction starts at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Residents, some speaking in Chinese, pleaded for a later start time, but the executives said that would just prolong the project. They assured the locals, however, that safety precautions had been taken, including the installation of vibration monitors.
Trever Holland, tenant president at Two Bridges Tower, asked about renderings of the luxury tower. Months after construction began, on-site signage meant to inform the local community about the project is noticeably bare. City law compels developers to post a rendering along with building permits. The executives said they would eventually release drawings, but added that they were not yet ready for public consumption.