Rendering Of Lightstone Group's Mega 700-unit development at 363-365 Bond Street in Gowanus
Pile driving at 365 Bond Street. Photos above courtesy of Carl Teitelbaum
For the past few weeks, life has been hellish for residents who live adjacent to Lightstone Group's 700-unit, 12 story mega development at 363-365 Bond Street on the shores of the Gowanus Canal. The developer is currently pile driving on the site. The work is being done by Soil Solutions.
In order to be able to build the development, Lightstone has to bang around 1200 piles into the ground to make it stable enough to build on the site. Work begins at about 7 AM every weekday morning and the noise of steel being pounded into the ground can be heart all the way to Smith Street and Third Avenue in the other direction.
In a petition, Gowanus residents are now asking Lightstone Group to curb the excessive noise by using special sound reducing equipment and to start the work an hour later every day.
The residents are currently circulating the the following petition:
We, the undersigned residents who live, work and have children in local schools in the affected area ask for your prompt assistance with the following:
l. Because of the extensive nature of the pile driving required for this project and the harm it imposes within a large, dense urban residential community, we are directing you to have this work stopped immediately and require the developer employ a pile sound-deadening apparatus, commonly called a 'noise shroud' for all remaining pile work on this site and any other that is to take place going forward in the Gowanus marshland.
ll. We request that the pile driving, once shrouded, be restricted to the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM, weekdays only.
The pile driving will go on for quite a long time. It is important to remember that the Lightstone Project is being built on two city blocks between Carroll Street and Second Street on Bond Street along the Gowanus canal. So far, Lightstone is only doing construction on the block between First and Second Street. The adjacent block, between Union and First Street will be worked on next. Piles have to be driven into that site as well.
The residents have also created the Facebook page 'Voice Of Gowanus' for the community to be able to communicate about the Lightstone development as well as issues pertaining to the Gowanus area.To Like Voice Of Gowanus On Facebook, click here.