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Stop-work order on controversial Voorhies tower

Going up: The Department of Buildings issued a full stop-work order on the Voorhies Avenue tower, known as AvalonBay, on April 19, but officials quickly corrected the problem.
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The city slapped a full stop-work order last week on 1 Brooklyn Bay, the controversial 30-story tower going up on Voorhies Avenue, but the developer quickly corrected the problem.

The Department of Buildings halted work at the 236-unit luxury building near Shore Parkway and E. 16th Street on April 19 because contractors failed to safeguard the site with a necessary construction fence on two sides of the property, and it lacked proper shoring for ongoing excavation work — which prevents the structure from collapsing — a department spokesman said.

But after construction manager AvalonBay installed the necessary safety precautions, the city lifted the stop work order on April 25, said a spokesman from the company.

“We immediately complied with the Department of Buildings order and rectified the one issue related to repairing fencing between our property and the rear yard of a neighbor,” said Kurt Conway. “And we are pleased to be back at work.”

The shoring violation was dismissed, according city records.

The 30-story building near the Sheepshead Bay B and Q train station locals have dubbed “the monstrosity” is the tallest in a slew of high-rises and apartment complexes going up in the neighborhood.

The Voorhies Avenue tower has already changed the seaside nabe’s skyline, and the top floor will offer unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, New York Harbor, and Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines, according to developer Muss Development.

Developers expect to start selling condos this spring, and plan to open sometime in 2017. It will feature luxury amenities including a gym, landscaped roof deck, pool, bocce court, barbecue pits, dog run, and a grand lobby, according to builders.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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