By Sabina Mollot
Extell Development, which is building a new residential and retail development across from Stuyvesant Town on East 14th Street, has taken the owner of a neighboring property to court. The complaint, which was filed on Thursday, September 24, alleges that a limited liability company known as NAR Apartments is delaying Extell’s progress by refusing to allow access to NAR’s property on East 13th Street for needed prep work.
According to the suit, three limited liability companies affiliated with Extell Development hold the lease to 512 and 516 East 14th Street, as well as the remaining parcels from 500-530 East 14th Street, and have already been authorized to develop the property into two seven-story buildings.
But the work has been held up due to refusal of NAR, which owns a five-story building at 517 East 13th Street, according to Extell.
Extell, the suit said, has been trying to gain access to its neighbor’s property for the past 10 months in order to complete work that includes installing, maintaining (and later removing) protection at NAR’s property such as fencing to the courtyard as well as NAR’s roof, building a sidewalk bridge, installing netting in front of windows and work to protect chimneys, flues, exhausts and vents, as well as any other work that may be required.
Does anyone give a flying puck about safety?
In the Aug. 27 issue of Town & Village, we reported on a Stuyvesant Town resident who’d been struck on the head by a hockey puck that sailed over the fence of a playground behind 250 First Avenue as he sat on a bench. The man, whose name was not published in the story, has since submitted the following open letter to CompassRock about the incident. The letter has been edited for length.
As you are aware, on August 14, I sustained an injury to my head while seated on a bench from a hockey puck flying out of the playground, an incident that could have been prevented had you/CompassRock management taken precautionary steps (i.e. a higher fence) to preempt such a predictable incident.
Due to the fact that hockey is frequently played in the playground in question and that the hockey puck frequently flies out of this playground into the pathway/perimeter surrounding this playground, it was clear that management should have taken steps to devise a viable plan to implement appropriate measures to contain this hockey puck projectile within the confines of the playground that caused me such a serious injury and severe stress from the blow to my head.
In short, this preventable incident has deprived me of my right to a peaceful environment in which I reside and pay my rent.
Most disturbing is that while I exercised good faith by informing you of this ongoing physical danger posed to the safety not only of myself but of other tenants as well as the public you have indifferently allowed hockey games to continue in the playground in question, thereby exposing the elderly, children and others to a potential dangerous situation, which two of the physicians examining my injury indicated could have resulted in death or a catastrophic injury, and obviously still poses this risk.
Joel Buchheim, ST