An excerpt from the fact sheet — The New York. City Department of Buildings/Environmental Control Board served the construction site with a “Stop Work Order” on December 18, 2012 citing failure “to safeguard all persons and property affected by the construction operations…” and a “vertical crack between buildings.” (ECB Violation/DOB Violation Number 121812CERDL01). The building affected is along Avenue B, likely building number 181/183.
The preceding was the construction site’s only open violation with NYC. As of January 17, 2013 Jared Lustbader, the construction site developer, reported that the sheet shoring around the entire perimeter of the grounds was completed on December 20, 2012. Since the cracks on the adjacent building were confirmed as being non-structural the next stage, involving the installation of piles on site was slated to commence Tuesday or Wednesday of this week with the DOB monitoring their progress on a daily basis. Any further delay is likely due to frigid temperatures (and frozen grounds). Once started, it is expected to take 3-4 days. This will require the use of an overhead crane replete with a hammer that will be utilized to drive the piles into the ground. Vibration and noise is associated with this work and once this has been completed they will move onto excavation and foundation work. Hopefully it still stands that the noisiest phase of the work will be completed sometime in February.
As you know, there’s a tremendous amount of big work being done in and around our school. Our auditorium has been out of commission since the start of the school year, the building is now wrapped in scaffolding for brick work and window replacement, and there’s even a new building going up right next door.
Meetings are held weekly with the school administration, School Construction Authority (SCA), and parent representatives. EVCS PA Vice-President Camille Marlowe, in particular, has been keeping up on all the ins and outs and filing reports at our monthly PA meetings. Now she’s created a document to track progress and give us a look at some basic facts about these projects:
The PA Vice President Camille Marlow has been following the construction projects at school and off-site — there’s a lot going on. Anyone interested in helping the Building and Facilities committee keep an eye on these projects should email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your interests and availability.
In the meantime, here’s a notice we received about the construction on the corner of 12th and Ave. B. A new foundation will be constructed, and some of it will be quite noisy. We are working to try to make sure the loud stuff is done after school hours, but for the moment it’s not clear how much control we have over that. Normal noise mitigation plans allow for rock driving on weekdays from 7am to 6pm.
Looks like the long-abandoned building on the corner of 12th and B is finally set to be demolished, reports blogger EV Grieve. Apparently, a 7-story mixed-use building is planned to take its place.
Photo by Matt Lambros.
Photographer Matt Lambros took photos of the interior of this old theater earlier in the year. So in case you never made it to a movie here, you can see what’s been hiding right around the corner all these years
As you may know, we will have to manage more than our fair share of construction and scaffolding over the next two years, with a major renovation of our auditorium in the works, as well as brickwork and window replacement on our entire building.
We had a really great turnout from EVCS parents at last night’s Community Education Council (CEC) meeting. Robin and Bradley led the charge, with over a dozen other parents speaking to the success of our school, our need for more space, and the inadequacy of the proposed move to a building on Henry Street.
Tonight’s CEC meeting is a must for all parents interested in the future of EVCS (that’s you, right?).
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
at PS 20 (Essex Street just below Houston)
This is a public meeting to discuss the space constraints within our building. A strong showing by EVCS parents will help make it clear that we strongly support keeping our school in its present location, but we need additional space.
Childcare will be provided at the meeting.
For some background, and information about yesterday’s meeting, read on … Continue reading