TA meeting to focus on management office construction

Rendering of the new management office as seen in 276 First Avenue (Photo by Kent Howard)

Rendering of the new management office as seen in 276 First Avenue (Photo by Kent Howard)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Stuy Town Tenants Association is set to host a meeting to discuss the construction of a new management office as concern over disruption caused by the project continues to rise.

The TA is primarily concerned about quality-of-life issues, including the removal of walkways and benches, loss of greenery and possible noise.The original management office on Avenue C was swept away by Hurricane Sandy . There are plans to turn what’s left into a children’s facility.

The new management office will border 272, 274, 276 and 278 First Avenue and while CW Capital met with residents to discuss the project last October, there has been little communication since then. Local elected officials — City Councilmember Dan Garodnick, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh and State Senator Brad Hoylman — sent a letter to CW Capital vice president Andrew MacArthur last Friday asking for transparency about the project.

The Department of Buildings is to conduct an audit of the site in order to ensure compliance with the Building Code and Zoning Resolutions.

The letter from the elected officials was in response to a meeting held by tenants of 276 First Avenue that was organized by building resident and former Community Board 6 chair, Mark Thompson.

“Seniors especially are really stressed out because now the park is gone,” he said. “(Stuyvesant Town) is being marketed as this green oasis in the city and they’re cutting all the trees down.”

Kent Howard, of 276 First Avenue, told T&V that he started the website StuyTownBigDig.com to keep track of what they see going on.

“It’s hard to tell at this point but it looks a lot larger than I originally anticipated,” Howard said.

“Tenants are concerned,” Thompson added. “That’s the bottom line.”

The TA meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at PS 40, 320 East 20th Street.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. Representatives from CW Capital and CompassRock will be there, in addition to local elected officials Senator Hoylman, Assemblymember Kavanagh and City Councilmember Garodnick.

3 thoughts on “TA meeting to focus on management office construction

  1. What ugliness! Totally hideous! I was interested in the recent article about Stuyvesant Town still being a bird sanctuary. Wont’ be that way for long considering how they are cutting down all the trees. The Oval looks like a parking lot, minus the cars. It used to be filled with beautiful large shade trees. What has been done to this property over the last few years by uncaring and incompetent management companies is really wicked. All the beauty of the property has been ruined by a bunch of philistines who think (to the extent they can think) they are improving it.

  2. I’m a tenant at 276 FIrst Avenue and I work from home. My work includes writing, audio and visual. Because I work from home, I keep late hours and therefore wake up late. However, every morning I wake to the sound of drilling, constructions and workers shouting. That’s right — my bedroom window looks directly out to the middle of it all. On top of that, they chopped down the beautiful cherry blossom tree that greeted me every spring for over 20 years.

    Not only has my quality of life been compromised, so has my income. Imagine recording a segment for radio, or talking with clients or prospects and there is this noise ALL FREAKIN DAY in the background!!!

    What to do??!!!

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