Eye On Real Estate
By Lore Croghan
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Shelter From the Storm — and parking tickets.
Future condo owners at the Oosten at 429 Kent Ave. will be thankful someday for the concrete pour that construction crews carried out this week.
They made a ramp for the parking garage that will protect future residents' cars from punishing weather — and diligent traffic enforcement agents.
The garage is part of the 216-unit residential building that XIN Development, the U.S. subsidiary of Beijing-based Xinyuan Real Estate Co., is constructing at the massive two-acre site in the Hasidic section of South Williamsburg.
After an initial visit to the Oosten site, Eye on Real Estate returned a few days later to find rebar sprouting on the edges of the ramp where walls will be constructed, and electrical conduits being laid on the inclined ramp as a prelude to the concrete pour.
There was a delay that day in actually pouring the concrete — because 40,000 pounds of gravel, to be used as a subbase underneath the concrete slab, needed to be wetted off-site before being delivered to the Kent Avenue project.
Our photographer colleague Rob Abruzzese took some of these photos. Shawn A. Lawrence, project coordinator at Wonder Works Construction Corp., took the rest.
Lawrence shared an interesting construction fact: Working with concrete is a race against time. It dries fast.
“I've seen it poured and turned around — and they're walking on it,” he said.