Greenpoint learns cautionary lessons from Williamsburg development | Rail parking lots seen as potential affordable housing resource | Impressive tram car could spur development on BQX route
November 16, 2017
Construction industry news for the New York City metropolitan area
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Massive tower part of proposed Anable Basin project
Massive tower part of proposed Anable Basin project
(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
A dramatic 700-foot tower -- taller than all area structures outside Manhattan -- is part of a proposed development replacing warehouses in an industrial section along the East River in Long Island City. Property owner Plaxall is seeking a rezoning for the mixed-used Anable Basin project, which would include 5,000 apartments and a public school.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (11/14),  Curbed/New York (11/14) 
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Project Focus
Greenpoint learns cautionary lessons from Williamsburg development
Residents of Greenpoint are looking to the experience of neighboring Williamsburg and the concerns that arose from extensive development along its waterfront. A similar transformation is now underway in Greenpoint, and some worry the pace of development and rising values will drive out lower-income residents while plans for affordable housing prove inadequate.
amNewYork (11/14) 
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Rail parking lots seen as potential affordable housing resource
Transforming parking lots at commuter rail stations into walkable neighborhoods could contribute affordable housing for 662,000 people to alleviate New York City's housing crisis, according to a report by the Regional Plan Association. First, a major change in how cars are used would need to occur, as well as massive rezoning.
City Limits (New York City) (11/14) 
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Impressive tram car could spur development on BQX route
A new transit option between Brooklyn and Queens may feature a 46-foot car with 23 seats, leaning cushions and a low step height for passenger loading. The Citadis car from France's Alstom is on display to promote the planned tram service, which ideally would encourage development along its 16-mile route from Sunset Park to Astoria.
New York Post (11/12) 
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Innovation & Technology
Study of permits reveals potentially open acreage in NYC
A TRData tally of New York City demolition permits cross-checked against building permits reveals more than 2,000 addresses where no construction appears to be planned. This could be a rich source of land for developers seeking a spot to build.
The Real Deal online (New York City) (11/10) 
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6 technologies that could automate the construction industry
Automation has transformed the manufacturing industry but has had a limited effect on the construction industry so far. Six technologies could soon revolutionize the industry, including robotic fabricators and bricklayers, 3D printers, drones and artificial intelligence.
ASME (11/2017) 
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Policy Watch
OSHA extends crane operators certification date
OSHA extends crane operators certification date
(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration extended the certification date for crane operators by one year to Nov. 10, 2018. The extension came one day prior to the scheduled certification requirement date.
Construction Dive (11/9) 
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Mnuchin: Trump committed to 20% corporate tax rate
Mnuchin: Trump committed to 20% corporate tax rate
Mnuchin (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump will not support legislation with a corporate tax rate above 20%, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a gathering of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council. Both House and Senate bills call for a 20% rate, but the Senate bill would delay implementation until 2019.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/13) 
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CCA Metro News
Spotlight on interior systems and wall-ceiling carpenters and contractors
Union carpenters performed 10 million hours of work last year for interior systems and wall-ceiling contractors in New York City, bringing the highest quality to new building interiors and renovations for commercial, residential and institutional projects. These skilled professionals engage in general carpentry, gypsum drywall, acoustical ceilings, framing, finish carpentry, furniture installation, and more. Union carpenters and contractors are Building New York's Best!
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National Apprentice Week
It's National Apprenticeship Week, and we're proud of the partnership between union carpenters and contractors that provides apprenticeship training and employment to 1,500 new carpenters in New York City's construction industry. We work with Construction Skills, Nontraditional Employment for Women, Helmets to Hardhats and Building Works to promote real opportunity for local residents, minorities, women and veterans who are the future of the industry and the foundation of strong communities.
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Editor's Note
Publishing schedule changed next week due to US Thanksgiving
The brief you usually receive on Thursdays will come a day earlier next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. So, check your email on Wednesday, Nov. 22 -- and have a great holiday.
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