Monday, November 12, 2007

Construction Site Du Jour: 80 Metropolitan (Again)

80 Metropolitan Gate

On a recent swing past the construction site of 80 Metropolitan, the building rising on the site of the historic, demolished Old Dutch Mustard Company building, we found the construction site wide open. The good news is the gate is closed. The bad news is that it's only tied closed with a cord that anyone can open. (We believe that poorly secured or wide open construction and demolition sites are a serious injury or death waiting to happen, which is why we keep featuring them.) Could it be that the nearby 80 Metropolitan sales office is offering tours of the site and doesn't want to be bothered with a closed up site? Or could it be that developer Steiner Equities can't afford a lock and chain? Perhaps the credit crunch is hitting harder than one suspects.

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