Construction work has picked up at the incoming 7-Eleven at 170 Avenue A in the East Village. Yesterday, workers removed the last of the shanty-chic plywood shed and poured new sidewalks on Avenue A. Fearing they may be a “target” to some colorful cement doodling, 7-Eleven found someone to babysit the sidewalk while the cement dried reports EV Grieve.
The 7-Eleven has caused nothing but problems for the tenants who live in the building. In April, 4 men raided the apartment of a sleeping woman above the 7-Eleven. It’s believed they took advantage of the exposed plywood structure and broken security light at the 7-Eleven construction site to gain access to the apartment.
Residents in the building are taking Kushner Companies to housing court for failing to provide basic services like heat, hot water and a locked front door during construction. Construction work also caused huge cracks in the walls of this apartment.
Another resident on the street referred to the 7-Eleven as a “neighborhood disgrace” after it fell into disrepair during a construction hiatus.
The 7-Eleven is scheduled to open in November, pushed back from two previous dates and currently has no franchisee. The going rent on the location is believed to be $35,000 a month. That’s a lot of Slurpees!