As you can probably tell just by listening, work is continuing at Selis Manor. The hoist has been secured to the building. Every bolt of it was inspected by the Department of Buildings who deemed it safe. So we will be carrying materials to the roof and to the top floors in the coming weeks. Unfortunately we had to close the roof garden. Too many overly curious patrons were wandering into restricted areas. If there was a way to remedy this without closing the garden we would, but the safety of everyone is the primary concern and for now we must restrict access to that area.
Many people are concerned with the “Stop Work” order posted on the main entrance. This refers only to the scaffolding and I will attempt to explain the issue. All our plans and drawings are on file with the Department of Buildings. The original plans showed the scaffolding exactly as built and with four levels of planking. When it was determined by our team that six levels of planking would be more effective, amended drawings were filed. Inspectors showed up and walked the levels and were extremely satisfied with the quality of work. They found only one problem; when comparing it to the original plans they said we exceeded the number of planked levels by two. Correcting this was all a matter of red tape and paperwork. This just illustrates how precise we need to be and how closely we are being monitored. Everyone is working to insure that the work will follow all guidelines and continue to be at the highest level of accuracy. The amended plans were approved and the “stop work” order has been lifted.
Meanwhile we are digging deep through the basement floor in order to pour the concrete footings that will support the new stairway and two-stop elevators. We are digging about six feet down. The good news is we did not find any bodies; but we did hit the water table, a veritable river that runs under 23rd Street. We knew it was there and had already planned the proper methods to seal off the water and pour the concrete to the base. Nothing is as simple at it may seem, but fortunately we have a team of designers and engineers who not only have the original blueprints of this building to reference, but city plans as well.
We are also in the final stages of testing and approving the new windows. A few weeks ago contractors and ownership attended the factory test of the new window system which tested extremely well against wind and rain. Now we have installed those windows in an apartment right here at Selis Manor and they were tested in place this past week. If the results are as we expect, manufacturing will begin immediately. All of the windows, by the way, will be made locally, in beautiful downtown Flushing, New York, affording us a competitive rate while helping fuel the local economy.
As always, we apologize for any inconvenience and we would like to thank all our residents, clients and guests for your understanding and cooperation in helping to make this project a success.