Update on Clark Street Sinkhole

Judy Stanton, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Heights Association, contacted the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and advised us as follows:

My contact at DPR thought that the Capital Projects contractor would recommence next week. The work stopped because the scope of work exceeded original assessments meaning that the void underneath the path which is the cause of the sinkhole was/is larger than they knew. DPR believes this to be caused by loose fill from the original construction of the Promenade. The scope work has therefore been redesigned, causing the delay. A unique condition also pertains to this in that the adjacent building (160 Columbia Heights) shares some of the Promenade’s foundation problems resulting in a private/public coordination of contractors.

The short version of the above is that the DPR is “on it”, but being “on it” has involved more work than anticipated by them and coordinating with private work next door. I hope people will be patient with the DPR (they deserve our support, given the cuts to their budgets), while we adjust to using other paths to the Promenade until the repair is complete. I have no end date. Truthfully, given that the rest of the Promenade was built the same way, we should be glad that there are not more sinkholes elsewhere on other walkways while the NYS and US Transportation Departments come to conclusions on the future rehabilitation of the BQE!

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  • Knight

    Having worked on a co-op board — coordinating projects with individual shareholder contractors vs the co-op’s — I can only imagine the nightmare of city/private coordination. What is whose responsibility and how costs will be shared is probably a sticking point just like Larry Silverstein vs. the Port Authority downtown. Let’s see which opens first.

  • Jeffrey j Smith

    The right law firm greatly reduces Private vs. Public funding issues. The city and state DOES watch who your law firm is. They also judge your resources and your willingness to fight and for how long.They judge all that and adjust their behavior accord-
    ingly. I have seen this happen many, many times.