While many in the Heights were glad to see work resume on the renovation of the former candy factory building at 20 Henry after it was taken over by a firm in which basketball great “Magic” Johnson is a principal investor, the contractor hired for the project has a questionable record.
New York Daily News: Councilman Steve Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights) slammed the former hoop star’s Canyon Johnson Urban Funds for using Leviathan Construction Management to turn a former Henry St. candy factory into high-end condos.
“They have not had a good history in terms of safety on their work sites,” Levin said. “I want to see a responsible contractor.”
According to the Daily News article, the contractor, Leviathan Construction Management, has had 180 safety violations at construction sites around the City since 2008, and has already been cited for unsafe scaffolding at 20 Henry. Leviathan is a non-union contractor, and union members have been handing out leaflets in the North Heights advising pedestrians to avoid sidewalks adjacent to the construction site.