Local residents already listed numerous reasons why they’re not in favor of the multiple-building “Ocean Dreams” complex on Surf Ave., and now a deafening, repetitive pounding noise reverberates through the area during the day as construction work heats up at the site.
According to the Department of Buildings, a Partial Job permit was issued on August 23 for the mixed-use complex at 3514 Surf Ave., between 35th and 36th St. This comes after the city initially rejected the Red Apple Group’s application to construct the building earlier in the year.
“Ocean Dreams” drew criticism from residents at a community board meeting at Coney Island Hospital in June because the apartments are not slated to have any affordable units; there were no immediate plans to provide jobs for locals during the building process; and locals are worried about traffic congestion issues.
The complex — which is owned by John Catsimatidis — sits near the oceanside on a site where poor soil conditions brought upon by Sandy have forced the developers to spend “large” amounts of money on engineers to improve the foundation. “Ocean Dreams” was approved by the City Council in 2011 and had the support of then-Councilmember Dominic M. Recchia, Jr. and Community Board 13.
Now, as constructions begins, residents at nearby O’Dwyer Gardens and other apartment buildings are forced to endure the noise throughout the day. One woman who was walking along the boardwalk near the complex on Thursday said she’s fed up with it.
“It annoys me because the ground shakes and it’s loud,” she said, pointing to her ears. “I know it’s how construction goes, but it’s annoying.”
At the community board meeting in June, developers left a number of open items, from future construction plans to the issue of whether or not they’d provide jobs for locals.
Coney Island News reached out to Red Apple Group twice this week to seek updates on the complex, but we received no response.