Extended LICH Demolition Hours Irk Cobble Hill Residents

The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that developer Fortis Group has secured “after hours variances” from the City’s Department of Buildings that allow “late-evening and early weekend construction at 339 Hicks St[reet]”, part of the campus of the former Long Island College Hospital. Nearby residents have complained about construction noise during these hours, and, they say, sometimes starting as early as 5:00 a.m., which is outside the time allowed under the variances. Neighbors have also complained about safety violations on the site. The article notes that a number of elected officials have written to the DOB urging it to reject any future variance applications for the site and to enforce safety rules. It quotes State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Carroll Gardens resident, calling Fortis “a developer that thumbs its nose at the community to pursue out-of-context development.”

The site is close enough to Brooklyn Heights along Atlantic Avenue and along State Street near Hicks for construction noise to disturb residents there. Has anyone noticed?

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  • Jorale-man

    Yes, I’ve noticed the jackhammer sounds getting earlier and earlier in the last couple of weeks. Maybe not 5:00 am but definitely by 6:30 am. And yes, on weekends too.

    But developers in this city can pretty much do what they want. The sad part is the reverse will eventually take place when the high-rises that are planned for that area start to go up. Senator Squadron is absolutely right on this.

  • W.R.

    Those against giveaways to developers have a chance to make their voice heard as the contenders for Mayor seek early supporters!

  • tina

    you can hear the jackhammer at 7:30am on sunday…all the way over on garden place. it’s insanity.

  • ws gilbert

    One wonders if the developer has contributed to the Mayor’s re-election campaign.

  • Roberto

    Grow NYC, which organizes the farmers’ markets, has a component run by Arline Bronzaft. She is the Mayor’s advisor on noise issues. Dr. Bronzaft may have some suggestions to combat against violations of the NYC Noise Code. She is well-aware of the much-used ploy of “after-hours variances.”

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Call 311 and report them to the DOB for after hours variance violations.