NYU sues developer over concrete flood

From left: NYU President John Sexton and Coral Towers
From left: NYU President John Sexton and Coral Towers

Construction on a residential tower at Third Avenue and East 13th Street accidentally caused an NYU dorm next door to flood with concrete and displace several students, according to a lawsuit filed by the university, reported by DNAinfo. NYU’s Coral Towers dorm is seeking $1 million in damages from developer McArthur Morgan and a permanent end to construction at its neighbor 133 Third Avenue.

The concrete incident, which happened last week, forced NYU students to evacuate the dorms and caused structural damage to the building. Stop work orders were issued on the construction the following Thursday because construction was “damaging neighboring property,” according to Department of Buildings records, DNAinfo reported. The dorm houses some 400 NYU students.

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“If [McArthur Morgan] is permitted to resume construction without providing adequate and necessary protection to [Coral Towers], the potential of extensive damage to [Coral Towers] and resulting injury to occupants is beyond question and irreparable,” the lawsuit said. “The risk is frighteningly real.”

This past summer, the city council approved NYU’s plan to develop 2 million square feet of classrooms, dorm rooms and office space around Washington Square Park. [DNAinfo]Hayley Kaplan