425 Eye Construction fencing

Last week we witnessed the first clear sign that renovations at 425 Eye St had begun. A fence along the building’s Eye street frontage has blocked off the entire ~20 foot wide sidewalk and a lane of roadway. Sigal construction placed their signs on the fencing and the building late in the week.

In early 2008 the district government announced a new pedestrian safety standard that requires either covered walkways or protected open walkways at most construction sites. While existing construction projects around the city were grandfathered out of the requirement new projects like 425 Eye street should be held to the standard.

The Bloomingdale (for now) blog had the same observation about construction fencing recently erected at the Watha T. Daniel library site. The issue there has been sorted out and pedestrian access restored. We’ll have to watch over the coming weeks to see if Sigal construction boxed out this area on Eye Street as a precursor to building covered walkways or if they are simply in non-compliance.

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    IMGoph says

    get in touch with your councilmember. i contacted jack evans’ office (as well as the library office) with my concerns, and while i can’t say my prodding had anything to do with it (most likely it didn’t), i still think it’s something that a good public shaming should help rectify.

    of course, if this is still federal property, all bets are off.

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    PQS says

    Either way, I’m happy to see them start. I wasn’t expecting any work on that building for a few years.

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    Steven says

    Are those trees going to survive the renovation? I’m thinking not, but I hope they replace it with something nice.

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    Anonymous says

    Taking over the sidewalks while chunks of concrete are being chiseled off the building facade is one thing, but they have also confiscated one lane of Eye Street and part of 4th Street for what appears to be use as their own private parking lot. Combined with cars parked on the opposite side of the street, Eye is basically cut down to one lane right now.

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    fourthandeye says

    @Steven – I don’t think the 4th Street trees will survive as they will likely be casualties to the Fourth Street widening. I’m unsure about Eye Street but I hope the mature trees can remain.

    @Anon 13:45 – you’re right, Sigal claimed the entire sidewalk and a lane of Fourth Street shortly after my posting. I didn’t want to do two postings on this same subject in one week when there is so much more going on to talk about. But we’ll revisit this topic next week.