Thursday, December 06, 2007

A Lot of Digging & Shaking at 340 Court in Carroll Gardens

340 Court Big Dig

What is going on at 340 Court Street? Well, the photo, which was shot yesterday afternoon by a special GL Correpondent shows that a big dig is underway in the back of the former medical building that is going to be demolished. We also know that complaints have been filed with the Department of Buildings from people whose homes are shaking from bulldozers, saying that work is being done without a permit. There are no permits we could find filed on the project, so we're assuming an excavation that doesn't need a permit? So, what is going on at the former Long Island City Hospital building that is owned by the Clarett Group and that residents feared would turn out to be 21-story story building. (Which the developer says is a false fear, as a 6-7 structure is planned.)

340 Court Complaint copy

340 Court Front

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) That's not a bulldozer, it's an excavator
2) They are not doing excavation. They are digging test pits and doing borings. The purpose of the borings is to understand the subsurface soil conditions so that the propert foundation can be designed. THe purpose of the test pits is to understand the condition of the neighboring buildings foundations so that the proper under pinning can be designed so those buildings do not fall down.
3) Neither test pits nor borings require a permit from the buildings department

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a bulldozer - that is called an excavator.

THey are not doing excavation. They are digging test pits and doing borings. This is all work required to make sure the foundation is designed correctly.

Digging test pits and borings does not require any kind of permit.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just looked at the Department of Buildings web site and noticed many false, fake and unfounded complaints put in for this location.

Why didn't you mention them in your story?

All I see in the picture is a piece of heavy equipment sitting there doing nothing.

There is a complaint that is not giving an address where "HER HOUSE IS SHAKING." How can the Department of Buildings check her house without an address? This is most likely also a false/fake complaint.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



OH well as long as the new building is below 7 stories... and does not look like a bunker...

11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait - so now you're criticizing commenters for being "too well informed"? You don't beleive them because they sound like they actually know what they are talking about? That's idiotic. And more importantly, does not refute the main point - the developer has done nothing illegal, and the complaints are baseless. And by not looking into these things, GL was just promoting these complaints and practicing bad journalism.

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you need to see this link and refer specifically to sections 105.1 through 105.6 - 2007-06-21

Re: Her house is shaking, well duh! Look at where they dug and then at the adjacent house!!!

Just who are you trying to fool here?

1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interseting. The complaint shown on GL from DOB was cropped for privacy. You can see the whole thing if you wanted to by looking at the DOB website. If a Bu...EXCAVATOR showed up near your property and your house began to shake wouldn't you call to report it?

I figure the more press this project gets the more Clarett will keep the building under control. I live near this corner. And if that is developer propaganda, glad you are reading the voices of the people who will have to deal with the construction for the next 3 years.(in the summer we will have to keep our windows shut) All I can truely say is: design it appropriatly, get permits, give the old timers some of that court yard, say, a bench or two. Why not be the developer that people like! And a heads up on borings to the neighbors would have been a step in the right direction!

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clarett is not starting the building process out on a good note. I would say it is down right aggressive to start digging next to someone's house and not call them first to tell them. This is not about whether a permit is needed or not but just common courtesy, which is something a lot of developers are very short on. I think it would be in Clarett's best interest to keep there neighbors as happy as possible. But instead developers come on blogs like this and only further antagonize the neighbors of their construction sites.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If said "well informed commentator" was a resident of the surrounding dwellings he/she would realize that the complaints are neither fake nor baseless.
Since the term idiotic has been mentioned... check your spelling...
beleive (?) !!!
i before e except after c
Consider yourself informed.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To find articles 105.1 through 105.6
search for

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love everyone on this thread. And BELIEVE you me, I hate everyone.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clarett was/is doing test borings and in the process there has been damage to two adjacent properties of which I have heard personal testimony: cracks to interior walls in one and a crack on exterior wall on the other. I can attest to the fact that the vibration was felt at the far end of the block. I can also verify that on at least one day, debris was being thrown from the roof which would be a violation even if there were work permits. Clarett was surprisingly forthcoming with information about the development and work schedule with a Union Street resident who contacted them after the “boring incident”. The current plan includes: Townhouses on Union and Sackett; Underground parking w/entrance on Sackett; Eight story apartment building on Court Street with entrance on Union and retail on Court Street. Demolition to begin in early '08 ... Of course, this can all change since no plans have officially been filed. They can "as of right" build on a smaller footprint and go up to 21 stories. Our elected officials have thus far been unable to answer basic questions about the status of project. Yet, there is a schedule. But don’t take it from me, come to the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association meetings which meet the second Monday of every month at 7:30 pm at 106 First Place (Scotto’s).

12:10 PM  

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