Extell purchases suggest major development | Madison Realty project on Queens Blvd. rejected | Plans surface for 510 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg
June 14, 2018
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Extell purchases suggest major development
Extell Development has repurchased two of three apartment buildings it had originally acquired in 2007 between East 79th and East 80th streets near First Avenue. And with additional purchases that include air rights, it appears Extell is planning a major development, with speculation centering on 250,000 square feet of residential space with a public school on the ground floor.
Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (6/12) 
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Madison Realty project on Queens Blvd. rejected
Madison Realty Capital's plans for a 561-unit development along Queens Boulevard in Woodside was voted down by Community Board 2. Madison Realty had sought a zoning variance for the 14- and 17-story buildings planned for 69-02 Queens Blvd.
Sunnyside Post (Queens, N.Y.) (6/8) 
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Plans surface for 510 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg
The Woods Bagot architecture firm has put forth a bold design with silver masonry and steel-framed windows for a mixed-use building at 510 Driggs Ave. in Williamsburg. The 74-foot-tall building would occupy what is now a vacant lot and provide 44 residential units and 12,820 square feet for retail space.
New York YIMBY (6/11) 
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80-story tower completed at World Trade Center site
Construction began in 2010 on the 1,079-foot, 80-story 3 World Trade Center in New York City, but work was temporarily halted due to financial problems. The $2.7 billon skyscraper topped off in 2016 and is scheduled to open this week.
Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (6/10) 
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Zoning adds to NYC's development challenges
New York City is one of the most coveted areas for development, yet zoning remains a significant challenge. Architect Roy Pachecano explores the reasons for this, including the city's widely varied architectural heritage and styles that can conflict with developers' desires to build higher and higher.
GlobeSt (6/13) 
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Innovation & Technology
Suffolk technology aims to make work areas safer
Boston-based Suffolk Construction is developing artificial intelligence that will be able to analyze construction job sites and their workers to correlate with accident reports in an effort to improve work safety. The technology could eventually lead to giving injury risk ratings to construction projects.
MIT Technology Review online (free registration) (6/12) 
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Startup makes photographing job site easier
Startup OpenSpace has developed a program that creates a 360-degree photo of a job site. A contractor mounts a camera on a hardhat and walks through the site, and the software stitches together the images.
Construction Dive (6/6) 
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Policy Watch
Amendment to counter Trump's tariffs blocked in Senate
Amendment to counter Trump's tariffs blocked in Senate
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Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has tried to attach an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would block President Donald Trump's tariff effort, but Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., blocked the move. Inhofe supports adding the amendment to a different bill, saying the defense bill is not the correct vehicle.
The Hill (6/12) 
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Congress could provide funding for Gateway project
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a spending package with money that can be used to fund the Gateway rail project between New Jersey and New York City. The House Appropriations Committee also approved a transportation spending package with funds that could be used for the Gateway project, but the Trump administration has voiced its opposition to the project.
The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (6/10) 
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Experts offer 10 insights into how OSHA works
The way the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works can be a challenge for companies subjected to its scrutiny. Two former OSHA officers answer 10 basic questions about procedures to clear up misconceptions, beginning with how the agency selects companies for inspection.
EHS Today (6/7) 
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Searchable Contractor Directory
Visit our searchable directory of union carpentry contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. It includes listings of 14 contractor associations and their members, contractors that have union agreements independently or with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, and contractors certified as MWBEs. General building, concrete, wall and ceiling, millwrights, heavy construction, dockbuilders and timbermen, floor coverers, woodwork and cabinetry and more - it's all in one place.
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Spotlight on Hoisting and Scaffolding
Take a look at this short video highlighting the contractors of the Hoisting and Scaffolding Trade Association - HASTA - and the Timbermen of Local Union 1556. Together, they build, erect and dismantle material and personnel hoists, scaffolding, sidewalk bridges and more on NYC's most challenging construction projects.
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