CWCapital: Stuy Town’s First Avenue Loop is being closed to make repairs beneath the road

CWCapital says the current closure of the First Avenue Loop wasn't planned as part of the management office construction. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

CWCapital says the current closure of the First Avenue Loop wasn’t planned as part of the management office construction. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot
Following the announcement on Thursday that the First Avenue Loop would be closed to traffic and parking for 4-6 weeks, starting Monday, nearby residents have been left wondering why there was barely any notice and of course, where they were supposed to park in the meantime.
Since last week, Council Member Dan Garodnick said his office has been on the receiving end of many complaints, in particular due to the minimal information offered in official notices that had been posted along the Loop Road.
“I have asked for a complete explanation for the community about the need for the project and why it was not disclosed earlier and for ways they can try and limit the time and the inconvenience,” he said on Monday morning.
He added that for some residents, the closure is “beyond an inconvenience. It really is a necessity for disabled parkers, for school bus pickups and for Access-A-Ride.” The lack of information, added Garodnick, “is extremely disrespectful to people who rely on it.”
The initial notice, which was also announced via an email from the ST-PCV Tenants Association, only explained that the closure was due to necessary work related to an electrical upgrade.
But by this afternoon, more details about the project were made available online by CWCapital.
In the notice, CWCapital said that the work is to replace and repair aged infrastructure and damaged power lines that run directly beneath the road. Though not currently used to power any buildings, they “will be necessary to provide adequate power to the new management office.”
As for why the work had to be done immediately, CW said the work was not planned as part of the construction of the management office, but deemed imminent after the special servicer consulted with Con Ed and other experts.
“We did not expect these power lines to be as badly damaged as they were,” CW said. “We worked closely with Con Ed and our engineers to identify alternate, less disruptive ways to address the issue. Ultimately, all the experts agree that this is the best and safest option.”
Meanwhile, until the work is completed, any drivers that attempt to park on the First Avenue Loop can expect to have their cars towed, management warned. The only exceptions for vehicles even being allowed in is for emergency vehicles, Access-A-Ride and “small school buses.” Large buses “may not be able to access the Loop Road during this work.” While the work is ongoing, public safety officers will be on the scene. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
One resident strolling by at 2:45 p.m. on Monday overheard an officer at the scene saying that cars could come in for dropoffs, but no through traffic or parking was allowed. At that time, there were four officers manning the First Avenue Loop entrance at 18th Street, who, he said, looked like police, not public safety officers.
In response to the new information, Garodnick said he would like to know, if the roads are only going to be closed during the day, why at least disabled residents  can’t park their cars overnight.
(We’ll update this post if we get a response from management on this one.)
Residents with questions have been directed by CWCapital to call (212) 253-3653 or email projectmgmt@pcvst.com.

One thought on “CWCapital: Stuy Town’s First Avenue Loop is being closed to make repairs beneath the road

  1. This community will lose approximately 60 spaces for 6 or more weeks because of a management infrastructure project. My question, along with many other residents is just where did management expect some 60 community resident parking vehicles go? Were some magical parking spaces to appear all of a sudden? And, why didn’t management implement measures to mitigate this community impact ahead of time? They seem to have enough “policing” resources to prevent parking.

    So my suggestions below would maintain current parking supply and create additional permanent parking. This is what they could and should do or if they can implement something better:

    1. CREATE dozens of temporary parking spaces along both sides all of other loop roads. These streets are in fact considerably wider than most local city streets with parking on both sides of the street – Well what do you know!

    Specifically, building entrance drop off areas could be maintained, parking maneuvers can continue (or angle adjustments implemented), and safety parking restrictions maintained at non tangent road sections (this has to do with safe vehicle site lines for pedestrians). Further, emergency vehicles could still travel through without blockage or restriction as other local streets without preventing necessary maneuvers. Thank you very much.

    2. INSTALL handicapped parking for all handicapped parkers including visitors and legitimate handicapped users. Management has replaced lost handicapped parking with more restricted nyc permit only handicapped signs below just about at all handicapped spaces, requiring a NYC residency.

    May I remind management that the Federal ADA law (handicapped accessibility) is a Civil Rights law for all physically challenged citizens, not just nyc permit holders thus it requires handicapped parking for all citizens. Thank you president Bush (the first).

    As such, our councilman could offer his full support for this law’s proper implementation, as I have indicated to him directly. If we need more ADA parking than so be it.

    3. RELOCATE All Citi-bike on street parking to city owned islands surrounding our community and wide sidewalk area (cobbled stone areas). This has been implemented at other locations throughout the city. That effort alone would regain about 30 to 40 permanent parking space for our community. 14th, 20th and 23rd Streets all have traffic Islands and wide cobblestone public sidewalk areas – who’d a guess!

    I have photo documented THESE OPTIONS EXIST and have attempted to convince our councilman of the need for more community parking. Its been a challenge, to say the least. I say a squeaky wheel gets fixed. So neighbors start contacting those responsible.

    In all fairness, his staff did reply with a “week” standard city DOT response, especially since my photo documented citi-bike parking options exist at other city locations. Yes you have to love the to put up with this silliness.

    A an engineer and a longtime resident, these options represent Real, Doable Solutions that could be implemented, immediately and others just a bit more time requiring our councilman’s support.

    NO RESIDENT INPUT AGAIN from residents, and not sure what or if the Community Board (with officers living here) or Tenant’s Association has done or weighed in regarding these issues. However, I will say that I and others have offered professional help to them but with no response.

    Respectfully submitted,

    William Oddo
    Resident
    Community Activist

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