Tribeca diesel dispute

Downtown Express photo by Akiko Miyazaki
The area near 60 Hudson St. was closed recently to install new cooling equipment to the building.

The owners of the Western Union Building on Hudson St. disputed the contention that the diesel stored in the Tribeca telecom center poses risks to the neighborhood.
Shaun Mooney, property manager of the building 60 Hudson St. issued a written statement two weeks ago saying, “The building does not represent an acute hazard, contrary to some comments made at the meeting....”

Mooney had attended but did not speak at the Neighbors Against NOISE June 23 forum where Department of Buildings Commissioner Patricia Lancaster appeared in response to NOISE’s concern about excess diesel fuel storage on the upper floors of 60 Hudson St.

“Of course it was quite important for us at 60 Hudson St. to hear the comments firsthand because we are very sensitive to community concerns. Already six of the 11 code violations have been addressed, with the remainder well on the way to resolution,” Mooney’s statement said.

However, Tim Lannan, president of NOISE, said, “Our experience with 60 Hudson St. over the years is that they’ve made promises that they haven’t kept.”

Lannan said he was grateful that Lancaster came to the June 23 meeting but was disappointed that she did not answer many questions posed by neighbors. He added that NOISE was opposed to Department of Buildings intention to grant a variance that would legalize excess diesel fuel storage in return for additional fire safety equipment at 60 Hudson St.

The building, owned by CV Williams, has telecommunications company tenants who require back-up generators and diesel fuel to provide air conditioning for sensitive switching equipment in case of power outages.

On Saturday, June 28, the building owners closed Thomas St. and three lanes of West Broadway in order to lift a new cooling tower to the 22nd floor setback of the 1930 Art Deco office tower built for Western Union.


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