Hotel Sues Over Noise At WTC Site
August 6, 2011 by USA Post
Hotel Sues Over Noise At WTC Site, The roar of the World Trade Center rebuilding is taking customers away from a zero-profile hotel, with views, and the agency has not heard requests to quiet the noise, the hotel owner, says in a lawsuit filed Friday.
The Millennium Hilton has lost $ 8 million since 2006 remains canceled bookings and business guests shortened due to rock blasting, trucks beep, rattle waste in rubbish bins and the cries of others who are sometimes extends late into the night as the construction was 16 to 20 hours a day, the lawsuit said.
The “failure of defendants to take all measures to mitigate construction noise is not simply a good neighbor, but also violates its obligations” to comply with an environmental study that calls the night to avoid the noise and taking measures to cushion him, owner of New York CDL Hotel LLC, said in the lawsuit.
The owner of the site of the World Trade Center, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, declined to comment on the lawsuit. Silverstein Properties, a developer working on the site and named in the lawsuit, says his work is done during regular hours, not at night.
“Silverstein Properties is committed to being a good neighbor in the community center. Everything we do adheres to the codes,” spokesman Bud Perrone.
Silverstein is building an office tower and the foundations of the other two along the east side of the Trade Center site, closest to the hotel. Meanwhile, the central project of 1,776 meters, the tower, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, a transit center and other features are also underway on the site.
“CDL understands and appreciates the importance of rebuilding the World Trade Center site,” the lawsuit said. The company says he will not quit, only to recover their losses and be awarded unspecified damages.
History 55, 569-room Millennium Hilton was badly damaged in the terrorist attacks of September 11, reopening in 2003. The construction of the eastern part of the Trade Center site began three years later.
At points, noise and vibration have been so upset that customers have gone elsewhere after enduring a night of it, the lawsuit said.
The hotel repeatedly asked the Port Authority to do something to address noise and vibration, the agency considered – but rejected – equipment of the hotel, with thick windows, sound deadening curtains or other measures to keep quieter things, the suit says.
The Millennium Hilton has bought about 200 machines and white noise earplugs as guests at check-in, but that has not helped enough to bring back business, according to demand.
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