Con Ed Sues Extell Over Steam Pipe Breach in Two Bridges Area

Flooding on Cherry Street alongside Extell development site, September 2015.
Flooding on Cherry Street alongside Extell development site, September 2015.
Flooding on Cherry Street alongside Extell development site, September 2015.

Con Edison is suing Extell Development in connection with the breach of a steam pipe in the Two Bridges area a couple of years ago.

Extell is building One Manhattan Square, an 80-story luxury condo tower on the former site of a Pathmark store at 250 South St. Numerous times during the digging of the massive project’s foundation in 2015, streets around the site were flooded and the roadway and sidewalks buckled.

According to the New York Post (h/t Curbed), Con Ed is alleging that Extell almost caused a major steam pipe explosion during the early stages of construction. The utility company has filed a lawsuit against the developer in Manhattan Supreme Court. Con ed says repairs cost $4 million.

Reports the Post: “The suit says Extell was warned by its own engineers that its excavation work for the 800-unit tower was perilously close to Con Ed’s underground network of steam pipes. Still, the digging caused two joints to leak.”

An Extell representative denied responsibility and said the matter is “under review.”