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.