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?