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MTA files to evict co-op for Second Avenue subway work

January 08, 2014 11:42AM

Residents and retailers at the 19-story Upper East Side co-op at 301 East 69th Street have long opposed the Second Avenue subway project, but soon some may be temporarily evicted to make way for it.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority filed a request late last month in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court to seize the building and compensate tenants and owners who would be displaced for a matter of weeks. Evictions were proposed for six units, including three ground-floor commercial spaces and one residential co-op unit.

The first phase of the project is under way for the stretch between East 63rd Street and East 69th Street, DNAinfo reported. The project will create new subway stations at 72nd Street, 86th Street and 96th Street in time for a December 2016 opening. Part of the construction at 72nd Street, near the co-op, involves building two canopy-sheltered entrances that will use the basement and garage section of the building to connect to the station.

Since construction began in 2007, the MTA has seized 24 buildings through eminent domain, DNAinfo said. [DNAinfo]Mark Maurer

  • Daniel

    Why does the 72nd Street station need so many different entrances? I think it revolves around union jobs at the expense of the people who live in the neighborhood–and even in buildings that have been torn down and / or are being destroyed for unnecessary work….

    • Patrick

      Actually Daniel one reason for so many different entrances is for safety. Also imagine if all the workers came in and out of one entrance. How long do you think it would take to complete the project? And it does not revolve around union jobs at the expense of people who live in the neighborhood. The project has a full funding grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration. Also the unions don’t decide where entrances and exits are put for this MTA project. The MTA does…

    • neroden

      Think about the subway stations you’ve been to. Most of them have at least two entrances, usually four or more. Think about how dangerously crowded the stairways get when there’s only one entrance…