We’ve received the following letter and would like to acknowledge its receipt and respond. First, the letter:
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to you about the construction around Building #5 of Luna Park H.C. It began in September 2009, when the contractor closed a part of parking lot 5 and, in addition, unnecessarily closed the front entrance to the building with the equipment that should have been used for only 2 or 3 days. Now it looks like the entrance will be closed till the work will be done.
The tenants in the building, especially the elderly, ill or sick people, are suffering a lot: it takes them a lot longer to get out of the building and a lot more time to get to their cars.
The office has explained to us that everything is done for our own safety, but it takes a very long time: they work only 40 hours per week, but we live here 24 hours, 7 days per week. Alex Meshoyrer, Apt. #17M, had tried to make an appointment to discuss this matter but never received one.
We, the tenants of the Building #5, ask you to help us, because there should be a fair way to solve this problem.
The board has allowed me to draft the response from my personal view because I’m also in building #5. First, I’d like to clear up some facts. I joined the board in November and at the time Technical were still moving stuff onto the lawn and the route to parking lot #5 was open. I don’t remember when the route to parking lot #5 was closed or when they took over that piece of the lot but the front entrances were closed on January 19th. I know this because I have emails from that day asking Tony to arrange those orange arrow detour signs. Alex Meshoyrer may have had initial difficulty getting his appointment because we had no general manager at the time, I don’t know the details, but I’m told that he’s had 4-5 meetings with our manager now that we have one. No one is being ignored.
I do understand the frustration. I’m not sick or old but the inconvenience is still considerable for everyone. Last week I met with the site supervisor for Technical Construction, Mike Jennings, and our own Director of Operations, Tony Donadio, to see why we can’t use one side of our front entrance while the other is being worked on. It’s important to note that while walking in that area I had to wear a hardhat. They explained that there’s no way the area can be considered safe while work is being done on either of those wings. It’s not personal opinion, there are rules and regulations that govern site safety and we must comply. No one involved wants there to be suffering or inconvenience. Who could imagine that to be true? No one’s happy about it. They even discussed some pretty wild ideas like running a ramp down from the second floor but it would take a lot of time and money to build and get approved which would only be wasted once the facade work is done a few months later. It’s a construction area even when the machines aren’t moving. Luna Park has been sued by people falling on a normal sidewalk, what do you think will happen if someone trips on a pile of dirt, hole, or crack caused by the work? What if a dislodged brick falls on someone while they’re in the middle of the brick removal phase on that side?
Yes, there were delays which made this worse. The asbestos removal had to be done, we had to wait on permits, but no one did that on purpose either. The short and bitter answer is that this is unavoidable and will be over in a few months. We should remind ourselves that the extra walk isn’t that bad. We’ve been a bit spoiled because, if you think about it, the distance to the train station is still shorter than any of the other four buildings! Please have patience, it’ll soon be over and once it’s gone it will not be back. As the work moves away from us so will the recent inconveniences and the old ones, like ugly scaffoldings. There is a very bright light at the end of this tunnel.