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.