TRAILERS holding precast concrete planks have been using the center lane(s) of 48th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and 5th Street, as a staging area for a building being constructed two blocks away.
This has been going on for over two months, and recently what had been 3-4 trailers has turned into 7-8 trailers which are now parked double-width, as you can see from the photo above. Furthermore, “these trailers don’t have the cabs attached, so there are two stanchions that come down and sit on the pavement and the compression weight of the material on the trailers is making big dents into the brand new street” according to a post on a building website. Some of these stanchions have wood blocks underneath to spread out the load – an acknowledgment, I guess, that the weight can potentially damage the roadbed – but some do not. And as mentioned, this street was newly paved 8 weeks ago!
The building in question is 2-33 50th Avenue, a 400k+ square foot, 12-story hulk with 500 residential units, 28k sq ft. of commercial space, and 500 sq. ft of community facility space. No wait, make that 503 sq. ft. of community facility space. It will be known as Jasper Hunters Point.
Anyway, I’m very curious as to whether this is a permitted (sanctioned) activity or not. If it’s the latter, I would hope extremely heavy fines are administered for this audacity. According to the post, recommended actions are to register a complaint on 311, or reach out to the 108th Precinct by walking in or calling the Community Affairs liaison at 718-784-5420. Would a reach out to our City Councilwoman Julie Won do any good too? I’m not so sure (JVB would have had a press conference a month ago, and it would have been dealt with).
Who is responsible for this? USC Trucking LLC (845-640-4774) has been bringing the trailers to the staging area. Urban Precast (USDDT# 2847458) has been parking their pickup trucks along side the trailers. But ultimate responsibility I believe is in the hands of the developer, or in this case developers: Vorea Group, The Domain Companies, and L+M Development Partners. The latter also shares an address in Larchmont NY with Congress Builders LLC, the General Contractor. Yeah, those are big names, a million dollar fine shouldn’t sting too much.
Huge Development Site In Heart of Hunters Point Hits Market – originally marketed with the possibility of a 40-story tower
2-33 5oth Avenue – Google streetview