UPDATED, 6:06 p.m., June 23: The city ordered that HAP Investment Developers halt construction of an eight-story rental building in East Harlem, citing damage done to nearby homes and the decapitation of a statue of Buddha.
The Department of Buildings found that HAP’s construction crew failed to protect buildings in close proximity to the site at 329 Pleasant Avenue. The city issued a full stop-work order and then, after a review, changed it to a partial stop-work order. HAP is prohibited from doing construction work on a part of the site near East 118th Street, DNAinfo reported.
The developer, which did not comment to the website, held a public vote earlier this month to decide whether to change the colors of designer Karim Rashid’s building design from green and purple. Residents voted in favor of white balconies with a magenta rim, as previously reported. [DNAinfo] — Mark Maurer
Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated Karim Rashid’s profession. He is an an industrial designer, author and deejay.