2ND AVE. SUBWAY DELAYS
By Dan Rivoli
The June evacuation of two buildings encompassed by the Second Avenue subway construction zone will delay some aspects of construction for an indefinite amount of time.
The MTA was set to conduct blasting underneath Second Avenue in the East 90s, with a blast test scheduled for the first week of August. Orange signs were placed in the area to warn residents of the blasting. But the Department of Buildings ordered residents of 1766 and 1768 Second Ave., at East 92nd Street, to evacuate because the buildings had pre-existing structural problems that made construction unsafe.
Now the Department of Buildings, which is working with the building owners on a plan to stabilizing the structures, is demanding that the structures be shored up before permits are given for any blasting, which makes tunnel boring easier.
“When the partial stabilization is completed and accepted by [Department of Buildings], we will move forward with the controlled blasting program,” said Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesperson, in a statement.
Ortiz did not respond to follow up questions about the start date for building construction or how long such work will take.
A spokesperson for the Department of Buildings said that the owners are responsible for fixing the buildings and did not have a time frame for completion or a start date.
Neighbors near the East 90s construction area are upset that the MTA has yet to inform residents and business owners of how long getting permits will take.
“The community doesn’t know this project is stuck,” said David Rosenstein, chair of the Friends of Ruppert Park, located on Second Avenue between East 90th and 91st streets. “They haven’t told the public the hold up is because of the decisions about the building.”
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified the chair of the Friends of Ruppert Park. The error has been fixed.