Extell’s 815-unit Lower Easr Side skyscraper, One Manhattan Square, is at the center of a lawsuit filed by Con Edison, the New York Post reports. The utility behemoth is suing the development giant for allegedly destroying a steam main (and nearly causing an explosion) during construction on the condo tower.
The lawsuit filed in a Manhattan Supreme Court states that Con Ed had to shell out $4 million to carry out repairs on the steam system located at 250 South Street after Extell allegedly failed to heed warnings during the construction process.
In addition the suit alleges that Extell was notified by its own engineers that ground work to prep the site for the skyscraper was too close to Con Ed’s steam pipe system and would likely damage the mains, but the development firm allegedly ignored those warnings.
A a representative for Extell issued the following statement to Curbed: "We understand Con Ed has filed a claim, we deny these allegations and we will respond in court."