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Sunday, January 12, 2014
The Management Office Controversy
Work has begun on the complex's new management office, which is going to be an extension of the space that is/was used by Oval Concierge. The latter will now be housed across the 1st Street Loop.
Unfortunately, my time to look into this is extremely limited at this point, but I do want to post information that the project has generated some controversy. A few tenants are monitoring work permits and the Department of Buildings responses to the plans for this construction. Seems the DOB did not acquiesce to the plans on 12/23/2013, but then changed its position on most of the applications on 12/27/2013. Also, recently, a stop work order was issued by the DOB when no permits were available and yet work was proceeding. (The permits are up and on display now.)
The overriding issue is whether this construction is one more instance of the removal of tenant use of property in favor of management space and commercial space. Certainly, we are currently seeing various areas of the complex being transformed for such usage. And nothing is stopping CWCapital from crafting commercial usage out of pockets of PCVST, as long as the commercial entities are, wink-wink, "for residents and their guests."
Interesting, too, that management is building a new office near 1st Ave as a protection against another Hurricane Sandy, but will be selling the previous space along the FDR drive for a commercial entity that will have something do with children. So one assumes that it's okay for a children's area and the garages along that street to be at the potential mercy of a hurricane, but not the management or security office. Just as a thought: I wonder if something far less expensive could be crafted to protect that side of Stuy Town (and Peter Cooper Village) in the event of another similar, and rare, hurricane. Was this ever looked into? And what will the protection be for the east side of PCVST if another devastating hurricane does come?
... And is the construction of this new management office another MCI waiting to happen?
An October report on the project from Town & Village: