Thursday, September 10, 2009

Boom, Boom...Construction Resumes At 360 Smith Street


Construction at the 360 Smith Street/ 131 2nd Place site came to an abrupt halt in July 2008, when developer Bill Stein's development was slapped with a Stop Work Order immediately after the City Council passed the Carroll Gardens Wide Street Zoning Text Amendment, which limits permitted building height and density in Carroll Gardens.
Developer Stein promptly took his case in front of the Board of Standards and Appeals, that oh-so-contentious board that grants developers exemptions in cases such as this.

In order to be able to continue, Mr. Stein had to prove that a significant portion of the project's foundation had been completed before the Stop Work Order went into effect. Though inspectors from the NYC Department of Buildings determined that only 20% of the foundation had been completed, the BSA gave Stein what he wanted at a hearing in November 2008. The Stop Work Order was lifted. He was now free to proceed.
But of course, that's when the real estate market went sour...

The construction site in November 2008

Nothing was happening at 360 Smith Street site for months. Until now, that is. According to the document below, Stein transferred the property from 360 Smith Street, LLC, to
Boom LLC in August 2009. I have not yet been able to determine if Mr. Stein is still involved with Boom, LLC.


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Also unclear is if Boom is going ahead with Stein's "Oliver House" design, or if there will be any changes to the luxury condo building.

IMG_9974 by you.

One thing is for sure: construction has resumed in a big way. Triton Construction crews have been working all week long. Since the construction is taking place right over Carroll Gardens' main F/G subway station, Community Board 6 recently sent a message that : "New York City Transit has announced its plans to close the Carroll Street (F, G) station's entrance/exit staircase at 2nd Place and Smith Street for 10-12 months beginning on September 15, 2009."

Stay tuned. This should be an interesting few months here in Carroll Gardens.

For More info, read:

Revisiting Mr. Stein's 360 Smith Street / 131 Second Place Oliver House Site

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Anonymous said...

Just in time for the construction to noise to interfere with the children back in the classrooms!

Raied in Carroll Gardens said...

Just so you know,

Today was the 3rd time since the "F" station was closed at 360 Smith that there was NO attendent at the President Street station.
The gates on 3 turnstiles were closed & locked and only the 1 combo entrance/exit was avaialable for commuters.
OK - so it's safer to close the 360 entrance but why can't we have full service at the only remaining entrance?

Anonymous said...

While i was passing by the construction site, i found that the workers there, were working
carrying long logs across,others were like play tossing them. Is
this a joke- fear is that they do not take work that serious-even such that it was close to 7ish pm. There is no reason to chide,while working with such heavy material-as though it were a few pounds to throw about. Gates or doors to the site were open- dust that was rising from them tossing these heavy log beams- was not a serious mode of mind to see.