Stop-Work Order Halts 56 Leonard Street

56 Leonard56 Leonard - image via YIMBY reader Richard

The city has issued a stop-work order at 56 Leonard Street, and the violation looks like it has to do with the site’s scaffolding – in DOB words, ‘work without permit’. YIMBY reader Richard reports that workers have been absent from the site for the past week, and his view overlooking the site is above; indeed, it appears that all construction activity has temporarily ceased.

A YIMBY reader sent in an additional tip that the project’s concrete contractor has been dismissed, and a new subcontractor is actively being sought; whether this is because the first few floors have taken 8 months to complete remains to be seen, but there is clearly a shake-up in the works.

Many projects receive stop-work orders over the course of their rise, so the problem is far from abnormal – especially at a site like 56 Leonard, which has so much scaffolding because of the irregular floorplates. The forms and metal-work must be kept in place for 90 days post-concrete pouring, and the process of building Herzog & de Meuron’s Tribeca masterpiece is far from simple.

Once 56 Leonard resumes construction, it should begin to rise at a faster pace; forms have now passed the most complicated of the lower levels, and the tower’s mid-sections have relatively uniform layouts.

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