Work has begun on a mysterious new project located at 337 East 62nd Street, which has absolutely no public information available. Excavation is well underway, and despite signage displaying a tentative completion date, there are no facts or figures anywhere online – except via permits from the Department of Buildings, which reveal that the structure will rise seven floors and contain 22 units.
Perhaps a partial explanation for the lack of details lies with W&L Construction, which is working on the project; the company was part of the corruption scandal that ensconced City Comptroller John Liu. The Epoch Times has the full story, which is replete with twists, turns, and Chinese gang connections – though W&L’s involvement was apparently limited to Liu’s campaign purchasing ads for the company in major Chinese newspapers.
In sum, it does not seem like W&L avails itself to transparency – at least not in the case of mayoral campaigns, or with regards to 337 West 62nd Street. On-site signage indicates the project will be complete by the spring of next year, though with excavation just beginning, that target seems optimistic. Nevertheless, at only seven floors, the final result should be relatively benign filler, even if the architect is Peter Poon.
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