The city began demolishing homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island at the end of December, and DNAinfo reports that now Manhattan has its first storm-damaged building set for demolition. Said building is the three-story 401 West Street in the West Village. The building already had structural issues, and flood waters compounded them by knocking down a cellar wall.
The property is adjacent to the neighbor-hated condo going up at 150 Charles Street, and a tenant at 401 West Street is blaming the project for $10 million in damage caused during the storm. The tenant, camera and lighting equipment rental firm B2PRO, says that they properly secured their store with sandbags, but 150 Charles Street failed to secure its construction barriers. As such, the flood waters dislodged them and sent them smashing through the doors of the camera shop. B2PRO is considering a lawsuit against 150 Charles Street developer Witkoff Group.
· Village Building Set to Be First in Manhattan Razed Due to Sandy Damage [DNAinfo]
· 150 Charles Street coverage [Curbed]