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Local Law 11 Repairs
269 Mercer Street

NYU will be undertaking standard Local Law 11 repairs to the facade of 269 Mercer Street.


Information for Neighbors


What is Local Law 11?


Local Law 11 is a New York City Department of Buildings statute that requires facades maintenance on buildings of six or more stories every five years. First, a certified architect or engineer determines whether potentially dangerous deterioration has occurred on a building's exterior faces. The contractor then files recommendations with the city. Finally, the building owner schedules the necessary facade work and is required to complete it in a timely manner.

Local Law 11 work generally involves replacing masonry elements such as terra cotta, limestone, cast stone, and bricks; applying new mortar, caulking, and sealant; and patching spalled masonry. Repairs are usually localized to specific spots which have been highlighted by an architect, rather than occurring over an entire building face. All of a building’s exterior walls are assessed for maintenance needs.

Project Timeline

  • The project will begin on or around August 1, and is scheduled to be completed by October 1, 2013.

Scope of Work


  • As in most Local Law 11 cases, work will be performed by contractors using a swing scaffold to lower themselves down the side of the building.
  • Sidewalk bridging to protect pedestrian traffic will be erected around the perimeter of the building This project's sidewalk bridging will extend from the north side of West 4th Street (between Mercer and Greene Streets), along the west side of Mercer (between Washington Place and West 4th Street), and finally onto the south side of Washington Place (between Greene and Mercer Streets).
  • Facade repairs will require the occasional grinding and removal of mortar and masonry. This work is done with small hand tools and will create some noise. A minimal amount of dust will be generated in the area immediately surrounding the work.
  • If any asbestos containing material, or ACM, is detected in the mastic that lies behind the brick facade, contractors will implement safe abatement protocols to securely dispose of it. Contractors can only detect ACMs when they removed bricks; if they discover any, they will safely handle, remove, and bag the material, whereupon it will be transported to a protected ACM disposal unit.

Updates and Announcements


Construction Update, April 30, 2014

Work is scheduled for completion during summer.

Construction Update, March 10, 2014

Work is scheduled to recommence in March and continue through the summer.

Construction Update, December 16, 2013

Local Law 11 renovations are temporarily suspended. Workers will periodically inspect existing sidewalk bridging and scaffold, but no repairs will take place until further notice.

Construction Update, September 25, 2013: Project Details Established

Details for the Local Law 11 project at 269 Mercer Street have been established, including work hours, the project timeline, and the scope of work.


Image copyright Peter Morgan.

Work hours


  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • No weekend work is expected.
  • Neighbors will be given advanced notice of any changes to the work schedule.

Latest News

April 30 2014

Work is scheduled for completion during summer.

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