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Unions slap Toll, Starwood Capital for condo contractor choice

July 30, 2013 12:00PM

UPDATED, 6:13 p.m., July 31: Unions are raising safety concerns in a protest over the choice of contractor for the mixed-use hotel and condominium project under way at Brooklyn Bridge Park — a joint venture between Toll Brothers and Starwood Capital — the New York Daily News reported.

A selected contractor, Empire Pile and Foundations, lacks a Department of Buildings license as well as workers’ compensation and disability coverage for the project, the News said. Concerned for their safety, union workers are expected to protest at Wednesday’s meeting of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s board.

Empire’s Building Department license expired in 2009, according to city records, the paper said. Any company performing excavation work must have a valid license.

A spokesperson for Toll Brothers told the News that the company was not actually at work on the 10-story project. Equipment from the firm was onsite because it has been rented by a different subcontractor, the spokesperson said.

The complex, designed by Rogers Marvel Architects, is slated to open in fall 2015. Empire did not respond to the paper’s requests for comment. [NYDN]Mark Maurer

  • Frank C

    Unions are always raising safety concerns..What about their partial crane collapse during Sandy? They just want the money and what is “fair”…although what is fair to them is outrageous and that is why they are losing work needing to lower their pricing to be competitive. This is a free market.

  • Scott

    “Concerned for their safety, union workers are expected to protest…” Did you really write that? That’s comedy.

  • DAGreek

    sad to say but today’s non union projects are run 10x better than union sites. After lunch if they enforced breathalyzers no union employees would be allowed back to site . The company union man are few and far between today and all that is left is professional slackers in the hall that get more lay off checks than hours of work per year