The day after a crane accident at the Trump SoHo complex killed one worker and injured three others, some city officials and neighborhood groups said the project should have been shut down completely after a spate of safety violations in recent months.
Critics of Trump SoHo project call for shutdown
"When a building has a major violation, it has to be resolved quickly," said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, noting that the Building Department hearing on October crane safety violations is scheduled for next week.
"We close down restaurants for fruit fly violations quicker than we shut down potentially dangerous construction sites," Stringer said.
Building officials say that every hearing for previous violations related to the Trump SoHo project were scheduled within 90 days, as is the agency's general practice. The project has been shut down by the city four times since September, but never for more than nine days, according to city building records.
The Trump SoHo project, first announced on his reality TV show "The Apprentice" in 2006, has been opposed by preservationists and neighborhood groups, which have complained the building was going up too fast and using unsafe construction practices.
Substandard construction at Trump Soho led to fatal collapse - city sources
Wooden supports bracing the top floors of Donald Trump's SoHo condo tower failed to meet standards and broke while concrete was being poured - leading to Monday's fatal collapse, city sources said Tuesday.
Forensic engineers for the city Buildings Department determined the wooden forms, built to hold concrete until it hardens, did not meet "industry standards," the sources said.
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