Hotel Sues Over Noise At WTC Site
August 6, 2011 by staff
Hotel Sues Over Noise At WTC Site, The Millennium Hilton is suing the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties and 8 million in damages – arguing that the construction of almost-all night across the street at Ground Zero is too damn loud.
No matter touting proximity to Ground Zero is part of the marketing plan of the hotel and the hotel is sold out solid for the anniversary weekend of 9.11 to 10 years.
The construction is so strong, even some tourists at ground zero can not stand 16 to 20 hours a day of shock and noise – despite the installation of the hotel 200 “white noise machines” and ear plugs courtesy the guests are offered on arrival, the suit alleges.
The 569 units, 55 floors of the hotel “has lost hundreds of nights worth of business in one month due to the relocation of clients after a night of constant noise, including rock blasting and vibrations resulting from physical construction, “says the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
“It’s pretty noisy,” agreed Susan Tucker tourist, 39, of Toronto, today.
“I just checked and have taken note of how loud it was immediately,” he said. “I’m on the floor 42 and the face of the site. But I have to say that I knew how close I was when I booked the hotel,” she admitted. So far, he said, planned to stay – although she had not tried to sleep there.
In the last five years, blowing, ringing, and ringing in Church Street has routinely gone to midnight, as new demand from the hotel, which targets the site owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the developer of Towers 2, 3 and 4, Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Excavation and construction continues to “almost daily” complaints from the hotel, often hard to “Late night and early morning hours.”
“The activities have included the construction of a hoe ram, rock blasting, and disposal of large rocks and construction debris into trash containers,” the lawsuit said.
The hotel had been seriously damaged by the attacks of 9 / 11, but reopened in the spring of 2003 “, quickly regaining its market share and re-establish itself as the premier hotel in downtown Manhattan,” the lawsuit said.
But the noise of construction did not begin in earnest in 2006, according to demand – and so did the cancellation unbridled individual customers and groups, including the Financial Industry Authority, Platts and Goldman Sachs.
“It’s not as bad as it was in the beginning, when the foundations were doing,” said an employee of Goldman Sachs, which is what stands out – Jim Davis, 47, of North Carolina.
“Now they are breaking the concrete, so there are a lot of drilling.
Like many guests interviewed today, Davis said the noise is strong, but expected – and tolerable, considering the alternatives of a slow rebuilding or not rebuilding at all
“Most people who stay here just go with it,” Davis said. “We just deal with it. You want to rebuild. Rebuilding the World Trade Center worth the noise.”
From 2006 to 2010, explosion, noise and disposal of giant stones in metal containers were seven days a week, and approximately 20 hours a day, depending on demand. From 2011, the building has been reduced to six days a week and 16 hours a day.
The Hilton has repeatedly negotiated with the Port Authority, but the hotel requests for shorter hours during the night of the construction have fallen on deaf ears, the lawsuit alleges.
Instead, the Port Authority on all the hotel has led to believe the worst of the building – the blasting of rock – would be terminated at any time, just to keep the jet, the lawsuit alleges.
“In 2009, the Port Authority promised [hotel staff] that the demolition will be completed later that year (which was not),” the lawsuit said.
The hotel “took the Port Authority at their word, but no noise or vibrations from the construction has given,” the lawsuit said.
The Port Authority paid the bill double sheet, the sound reduction windows in nearby residential buildings, but would not do the same with the hotel, the complaint of his example. Similarly, the Port Authority toyed with the idea of?? Buying the hotel acoustical curtains, but finally opposed the cost, depending on demand.
Asked for comment on the lawsuit, a spokesman for Silverstein Properties said the only construction on the site – the construction of three towers – was stopped at 6 pm until morning.
“Silverstein Properties is committed to being a good neighbor in the community center,” said spokesman Bud Perrone. “Everything we do adheres to applicable codes. Our operations World Trade Center construction will take place during regular business hours, rather than at night.”
Representatives of the hotel refused to comment; the Port Authority did not return phone calls seeking comment.
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