719-725 W. Pratt St. construction updates
Accident on Dover and Penn St.
Last night, a contractor working on the Pratt St. project foolishly thought he could maneuver our narrow neighborhood streets with his trailer full of lumber. Needless to say, it did not end well. He was not authorized to pick up the materials at that hour, nor was he authorized to go the wrong way down our one way streets. This is an excerpt from the project manager’s email to the subcontractors, after the accident:
"1. Under no circumstances should anyone be working on site before 7am or after 7pm. This is something we have all discussed before. If a contractor is found to have been working outside of the hours of 7am-7pm. There will be repercussions. 2. Do not go the wrong way down one way streets (e.g. Dover Street, Penn Street). This is common sense. It is dangerous. It is impolite. It is illegal. Do not do it. I can not stress this enough. We are building in a residential neighborhood. Our neighbors have been very patient with us and we need to respect that."
Typically, the construction crew at 725 W. Pratt will not be working in the evenings. Last night was an exception. They were working with concrete and they needed to finish what they were doing before it hardened. The cold weather and wind affected the drying time and delayed their departure. There will be one more day next week that they will be pouring concrete. But they hope to complete it during business normal hours. They thank everyone for their patience during the construction process.
733 West Pratt St. plans for community review
Proposed plans have been submitted to the RDA for 733 West Pratt. Click here to view
Update on current and new project
The construction of 725 W. Pratt St. has been progressing as planned. The roof is scheduled to be completed by the end of January.
The same developer has plans to develop the adjacent abandoned properties (733 W. Pratt and 207 S. Fremont) for short term rentals. They will be attending the community meeting on January 6, with plans and will take questions from the community.
Masonry Sawing Timeline
The masonry sawing is scheduled through this week, but it will not be as continuous as it was last Friday and today. They apologize for the noise.
Developer attending the October community meeting
Representatives from Zalhco will be at the Wednesday, October 7, Zoom community meeting. They will be presenting the plans for adjacent properties (727-733 W. Pratt Street and 211-213 S. Fremont Street) and will be available to answer questions. To attend, register here.
Proposal for 727-733 W. Pratt Street and 211-213 S. Fremont Street
A proposal has been submitted for redeveloping 727-733 W. Pratt Street and 211-213 S. Fremont Street. The concepts can be viewed here.
Start time update and next phases
Yesterday, a new contractor started welding at a very early hour. The developer was made aware of the problem, corrected it, and apologizes for the early morning interruption. Workers should not begin work prior to 7 a.m. The next phase of construction will be framing and masonry that will last until the end of the year. There will be periodic deliveries on Dover Street, but they will try to make them as quick as possible, and not block the street.
Length of excessive noise
The “piling” work will continue through Monday, July 13. There was also a water main break on Pratt so the city was using jackhammers to add to the noise.
Dover Street cobblestones
The developers do not plan to disturb the cobblestone in the 700 block of Dover St. But if their plans have to change, they will save the stones and put them back the way they found them.