According to many local news outlets, a wooden retaining wall collapsed at the 808 Columbus construction megasite at around 8 p.m. Wednesday night. The collapse caused some structural integrity fears at neighbor 784 Columbus Avenue (right; photo via Property Shark), causing all 288 apartments to be evacuated. Many residents are holed up in a temporary shelter while this gets sorted out. This adds further fuel to the fire that's been raging about the giant mixed-use development, where locals have complained about blasting and drilling noise issues at all hours. Manhattan borough prez Scott Stringer wants a stop-work order on the site. Yeesh, this is what you have to put up with to get a Whole Foods nowadays?
· Building Evacuated After West Side Wall Collapse [WNBC4]
· Residents evacuated after Manhattan retaining wall collapses [NYDN]
· 808 Columbus Now in the Village [Curbed]