Hole at Superior site draws concern
A resident of the Westbeth artists housing complex, Valerie Ghent, said she was concerned when she saw a hole being dug yesterday in front of the Superior Ink building on West St. between Bethune and W 12th Sts. I saw them digging and removing a lot of dirt, said Ghent. There was a silver truck there that said Environment Assessment on the door. Obviously, Im worried about toxicity issues. On May 27, I saw them remove this really old, rusty oil tank.
Ian Michaels, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson, said, It wasnt us. All our trucks are standard issue, white with a green stripe and our logo. I havent heard of anything going on at West St.
The company that owns the 33,000-sq.-ft. building, Related Companies, purchased it in February and plans to delelop a residential building. Their vice president of residential development, David Wine, said, I really cant comment on any specifics of this particular situation I just dont know enough about this instance.
The Far West Village has seen a recent string of new development projects, including two Richard Meier-designed apartment towers on Perry St., completed this winter, and a third one rising now on Charles St.