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    Support is surging for the family of a 57-year-old Essex County construction worker struck and killed by a car while crossing the street last month. Miguel Vargas was rushed to the hospital after the 10 p.m. incident on Washington Avenue in Belleville, on June 24, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said. He died of his injuries the following day. Vargas was in the process of getting his US citizenship, nearly 20 years after immigrating from Lima, Peru relatives tell NJ Advance Media. He was also helping his children, who he hadn't seen since they were toddlers, join him here. Vargas reportedly came to the US to give them a better life, relatives tell the paper. More than $350 had been raised as of Sunday, July 3 on a GoFundMe for Vargas' family. "My uncle’s passing has shocked my whole family and friends," Nathalyn Rosales writes. "He was the life of the party. Always saying the craziest things to make everyone laugh. We all miss him so much."
    HGTV Evan Thomas, Keith Bynum and Shea Hicks Whitfield of HGTV's "Bargain Block." Keith Bynum, co-host of HGTV’s “Bargain Block,” is mourning the death of his mother. She died just one month after Bynum shared on Instagram that the pair had begun repairing their relationship, years after his family disowned him for coming out as gay. According to an obituary on Legacy.com, LaQuita Jolene Bynum died at her sister’s home in Midland, Texas, on June 10. Two days later, the second season of Bynum’s hit HGTV show premiered. Bynum co-hosts the renovation show with his fiancé of over five years, Evan Thomas, on which they renovate dilapidated houses in Detroit, rejuvenating run-down neighborhoods and providing affordable, fully furnished starter homes for first-time homeowners. Bynum has compared their work, giving new life to rejected homes, to his experience of coming out as gay to his family. In a 2021 interview with Pride Source, he said, “I kind of personify the houses. I was down and beat up and even my family didn’t want me after I came out, but...
    A BART manager failed to disclose her spouse’s employment at a major San Francisco construction company when she played a role in recommending board approval of a $40 million contract to that company, BART’s inspector general said in a report released Friday. The investigation into the relationship between the BART manager — who isn’t identified in the report — and an employee of PGH Wong Engineering forced the agency to halt some construction on projects in January, including BART’s Hayward train maintenance complex and a new station in Fremont. The BART manager also failed to disclose she was previously worked for the firm, which also employs her sibling. The company worked as a construction manager on a variety of BART projects. Harriet Richardson, the inspector general, is also calling on BART to void a remaining $27 million in contract funds that has yet to be allocated and $5.4 million in unpaid invoices. Richardson said there is no indication that the BART manager or the construction firm willfully hid the relationship, when the BART board approved the contract in August 2020....
    A construction worker was killed Wednesday in an incident along a portion of the Metro Purple Line extension undergoing construction in Mid-Wilshire. Los Angeles Fire Department crews were called to the scene in the 700 block of South La Brea Avenue just before 5 p.m. regarding a person trapped under a train, fire officials said. Fire crews found the man dead and worked to recover the body, officials said. No other injuries were reported. “At this time, Metro is working with officials from all regulatory agencies to gather information on the incident and to determine what occurred,” Metro said in an emailed statement. Metro officials called the incident a “construction accident” and said that no live trains were running through the area. The train involved was used to deliver parts and workers to the site, officials said. “This is a tragedy beyond words and the entire LA Metro family and Metro Board of Directors offers its deepest condolences to the worker’s family, friends and colleagues,” Metro Chief Executive Stephanie Wiggins said in the statement.
    The number of homes under construction in the U.S. rose in February to the highest level since 1974, likely a reflection of supply constraints acting as a drag on building even as demand for homes remains sky-high. For the ninth consecutive month, the number of units under construction has exceeded completions, something that has rarely happened before and never for a sustained period. The total number of housing units under construction at the end of February rose to a seasonally adjusted, annual rate of 1.583 million. That is the highest since August of 1974. That is 1.9 percent higher than in January and 22.8 percent higher than a year prior. The National Association of Home Builders’ index gauging home builder confidence declined in March, falling to its worst level since last September. Builders cited increased costs, supply chain issues, a short supply of labor, and expectations of higher interest rates for the decline. Housing starts, which are measured when work on a new home is begun, were up sharply in February.  These climbed to a seasonally adjusted, annual rate...
    New construction of single-family homes fell sharply and unexpectedly in January as homebuilders struggled with huge costs increases, data from the Department of Commerce showed Thursday. Single-family home starts dropped 5.6 percent in January compared with the prior month, exasperating a shortage of houses that has sent home prices soaring. U.S. homebuilders started new single-family projects at a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate of 1.116 million units, 2.4 percent below the rate of construction a year ago. Multifamily construction declined as well, falling to an annual rate of 510,000, 2.1 percent below December’s rate. Construction of apartment or condo buildings with five units or more is up 8.7 percent from a year ago when urban construction was still struggling under the weight of the pandemic. Homebuilders have been hit hard by inflation. Construction machinery and equipment prices are up 11.4 percent compared with a year ago, according to the Department of Labor’s Producer Price Index. Softwood lumber prices are up 20.1 percent over the past 12 months. The index that tracks nails is up a striking 44 percent.  Plumbing fixtures are...
    A Jamaican immigrant was found dead with bullet holes in his back after being the only black man invited to a white co-worker's Pennsylvania cabin last month.  The family of the deceased is calling the killing a 'modern-day lynching' after a private medical examiner claimed he was 'hunted down.' Peter Bernardo Spencer, 29, of Pittsburgh was shot nine times with most of his bullet wounds in his back at the Rockland Township residence on December 12.  The suspect has only been identified as a 25-year-old white man has admitted to the deadly shooting but claimed self-defense, according to the family. Three other white individuals were also on the scene, but all have been allowed to walk free.  The alleged shooter's girlfriend was also allegedly at the cabin, Spencer's brother Tehilah Spencer claimed.  'The four individuals who were present at the time of the shooting were questioned and released after consultation with the Venango County district attorney,' police reported.  Peter Bernardo Spencer, 29, was shot in the back several times while being the only black man on a camping trip in Pennsylvania...
    MELISSA Gorga shared a video of her massive new mansion with husband Joe, after the couple sold their $2.5m New Jersey home. The Real Housewives star, 42, was seen jumping for joy in the short clip shared to her Instagram page. 5Melissa Gorga shared a video of her massive new mansionCredit: Instagram/Melissa Gorga 5Builders were seen working on the huge propertyCredit: Instagram/Melissa Gorga 5Melissa and Joe recently sold their family home for $2.5mCredit: Getty As the song 'Level Up' by Ciara played in the background, the video showed the outside of the huge property surrounded by snow. Taking the camera inside, a construction crew could be seen working on the interior of the mansion. Melissa captioned the video with the words: "We working. Time for a change. LET’s do this! #homedesign #newconstruction #rhonj". Melissa is married to Joe and they have four children together. The couple are moving on after selling their $2.5m family home in New Jersey - following reports they originally listed it for $4.5m. Announcing the sale, Melissa wrote at the time: "Our family home for the...
    The bodybuilding-crazed son of a family that helped shape New York City's skyline has been arrested after allegedly shooting his parents at their sprawling $3.2million Long Island estate on Christmas morning.  Construction magnate Rocco Tomassetti, 65, and wife Vinceta Marsicano-Tomassetti, were shot inside their 8,751-square foot mansion in tony Hewlett Harbor about 10 am. Their 29-year-old son Dino Tomassetti pulled the trigger and then fled the scene in a Cadillac Escalade before he was arrested in New Jersey later that night after, police said.  A Nassau County police spokesman told DailyMail.com that Tomassetti was awaiting extradition to New York on Sunday. The parents survived the shooting but their condition has not been revealed.  The Tomasetti family is part of a construction dynasty formed by the late Dino Tomassetti Sr., an Italian immigrant whose chain of Laquila companies helped shape New York City's skyline.  Now, the family dynasty is surrounded by yellow tape as police investigate a shooting in exclusive South Shore community, which is in the 95th percentile for public safety. Their son, Brooklyn bodybuilder Dino Tomassetti, was arrested in New Jersey and...
    "A Border Patrol officer sits inside his car as he guards the US/Mexico border fence, in Nogales, Arizona, on February 9, 2019." The Cavazos family got an early present at the beginning of December, when land seized by the previous administration for its stupid and racist border wall was returned to them by the Biden administration. The land, located along the Rio Grande near Mission, Texas, had belonged to the family for generations when it was taken from them by the previous administration in 2018, Border Report said. “The family thought that Trump leaving office meant this legal battle would end, but their property was still seized earlier this year for border wall construction,” the report continued. But finally this December, the land was returned by the Biden administration, Texas Civil Rights Project said. The organization has represented the family in court. xBREAKING: Our client, Eloisa Cavazos, has just had her land returned to her after fighting against the government’s seizure and border wall construction since 2018. pic.twitter.com/26orWHKAFo— Texas Civil Rights Project (@TXCivilRights) December 7, 2021 “Now that we have successfully stopped the...
    MATT Roloff revealed he’s been getting all “caught up” on his latest construction projects on his family farm after spending time with his grandkids. The Little People, Big World star showed off the new shed he’s been working on, as well as the Christmas decorations he put up on his log cabin. 5Matt Roloff has been working on getting 'caught up' on projects on his family farmCredit: Instagram/@mattroloff 5The Little People, Big World star said he's been improving the new shed on his landCredit: Instagram/@mattroloff In a post to Instagram earlier this week, Matt updated fans on the latest happenings on the Roloff Farm. After some time away on a romantic Mexican getaway with his girlfriend Caryn Chandler and some visits with his kids and grandchildren the last few weeks, Matt is getting back to work. He shared a few videos of himself inside heavy machinery, digging up dirt around one of the new constructions. Matt said in one of the clips: “I’m back from Arizona, and it’s a fun day on the farm. “This new shed here is a...
    By Priscilla Alvarez | CNN The Biden administration will return the land of a Texas family after seizing the property earlier this year for border wall construction, according to a Tuesday court filing. Since 2018, the Cavazos family had been fighting to keep their 6.5 acres of property located along the US-Mexico border from being taken for wall construction. But in April, a federal judge ruled the federal government could take “immediate possession” of the land, delivering a blow to the family who thought the case would be dropped under the Biden administration. Generally, the government is allowed to acquire privately owned land for public use. Under then-President Donald Trump, officials moved at a faster rate to obtain land to build border barriers. The Biden administration, meanwhile, has moved to return land after ceasing construction. Now, nine months later, the Cavazos family is among those getting their land back after reaching an agreement with the federal government. “Now that we have successfully stopped the construction of a needless and wasteful border wall on their property, Ms. Cavazos and her family...
    (CNN)The Biden administration will return the land of a Texas family after seizing the property earlier this year for border wall construction, according to a Tuesday court filing. Since 2018, the Cavazos family had been fighting to keep their 6.5 acres of property located along the US-Mexico border from being taken for wall construction. But in April, a federal judge ruled the federal government could take "immediate possession" of the land, delivering a blow to the family who thought the case would be dropped under the Biden administration.Generally, the government is allowed to acquire privately owned land for public use. Under then-President Donald Trump, officials moved at a faster rate to obtain land to build border barriers. The Biden administration, meanwhile, has moved to return land after ceasing construction. Now, nine months later, the Cavazos family is among those getting their land back after reaching an agreement with the federal government."Now that we have successfully stopped the construction of a needless and wasteful border wall on their property, Ms. Cavazos and her family will be able to continue their quiet...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Jersey City building under construction that was nearly blown over Monday night by powerful winds is now being demolished. As CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports, the demolition process started earlier this morning. Crews are busy at work tearing down the four story home. READ MORE: NYC Business Owners Worry Vaccine Mandate Will Keep Tourists With Young Children Away: 'Just Hugely Problematic'For safety reasons, the building next door will also have to come down. (credit: CBS2) Piece by piece, from the top down, the home that was under construction on Fisk Street in Jersey City is now coming down. It collapsed Monday night due to powerful winds. “The wind hit it. There was an unobstructed wind that came across the Newark Bay, we believe, and came straight across. First thing the wind hit was this building,” said Chief of the Jersey City Department Of Public Safety Steven J. McGill. Three buildings on either side, including a learning center, were evacuated as a precaution when it happened. Tuesday, the DeJesus family that lives in the home next door...
    The Build Back Better Act, or the Democrats’ social and environmental spending bill, includes financial incentives for state and local entities to change zoning laws, specifically those that would replace single-family homes with multi-unit properties to provide more “affordable housing.” Those financial incentives would come in the form of tax-payer-funded grants and tax credits. On page 815 of the 2,468-page, $1.75 trillion bill, it reads: The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall establish a competitive grant program for— (1) planning grants to develop and evaluate housing policy plans and substantially improve housing strategies; (2) streamlining regulatory requirements and shorten processes, reform zoning codes, or other initiatives that reduce barriers to housing supply elasticity and affordability. Taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) titled its report on the bill, “Democrats are seeking largest ever investment in affordable housing.” A multi-family condominium project under construction on March 16, 2011, in Des Plaines, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) That investment in affordable housing totals $150 billion. NPR reported: Local zoning rules often block the construction of smaller homes on smaller lots or affordable apartment...
    Inside the Veev factory in Union City, rolls of recycled steel and stacks of white composite material are slowly turned into a most basic building block — walls. Company CEO Amit Haller says the customization of these simple structures offers a nearly endless supply of design choices for creating new homes and apartments. On a construction site, workers assemble the walls like a snap-together model, complete with plumbing, electrical systems, insulation and finished siding. The home or apartment is built in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes. In a state with new housing laws knocking down single-family home restrictions in an effort to boost supply, is this what new home construction will look like? “We need to shorten the time to construct a home. That’s where we can help,” said Haller, a supporter of California’s new regulations. “We see the home as a product.” Making small, infill housing faster and cheaper to build is the bottom line for new construction in the ultra-expensive Bay Area, where land and construction costs top nearly every developed region in the world. SAN...
    Homebuilding in the U.S. slowed down considerably in the final weeks of the summer, data from the Census Bureau showed Tuesday. Housing starts in September came in at an annual rate of 1.555 million, below the 1.61 million forecast. The starts figures for July and August were also revised down, suggesting that the home construction business was more sluggish than previously thought. Permits were also disappointing at an annualized pace of 1.589 million, below expectations for 1.67 million. August was revised down slightly. Single-family housing starts were virtually unchanged from the prior month at 1.08 million. Homebuilder confidence has surged recently but builders say they are hindered by episodic shortages of materials and a persistent shortage of workers. At the end of August, the construction industry had 344,000 open jobs, with similar figures in July and June. The Biden administration has been advancing a set of policies that would challenge zoning restrictions in suburban communities, aimed at encouraging the construction of more apartments and other multi-family units. Many of the left think that zoning rules effectively exclude too many...
    Bobby Gayle Jr., 45, of Stockton, California A black California construction worker was shot seven times after he asked a white driver to slow down inside a parking lot. Father-of-five Bobby Gayle Jr., 45, a cementer mason, was at a parking lot in Stockton, California, with a friend, last week when a pick-up truck nearly struck them. Surveillance footage shows Gayle yelling at the white driver to slow down who stops and get out of his car and confronts him. The driver reportedly launches into a racist rant at Gayle, calling him the n-word, before pulling out his gun. He then opens fire, hitting Gayle seven times, including in the face. Miraculously, no major arteries were hit and Gayle was transported to a nearby hospital where he is in stable condition.  'Our family, we never expected something like this to happen,' Gayle's brother, Marlon, told ABC News. 'He's just so happy to be alive, and blessed to be with his family and his children.'   A white man opened fire on Bobby Gayle on October 8 at a parking lot in Stockton,...
    LITTLE People's Matt Roloff and his crew complete the construction of their family farm's wedding chapel DAYS before his ex Amy's nuptials. The structure will serve as the venue for the ceremony which will take place this weekend. 5Amy and her fiancé Chris are set to wed at the Roloff farm this weekendCredit: TLC 5Matt hired a crew to build the couple a chapel for their big day Matt pulled out all the stops for his ex-wife's special day as the reality star posted the finished product on Instagram. The TV star shared a series of exterior shots of the wooden building, including a distanced shot overlooking part of the Oregon-family farm. He also posted a photo of himself and four crew members posing in front of the building, along with a heartfelt caption. The star wrote: "That feeling you get when you make beautiful buildings together.. thanks Loranger brothers (Rick, Ray, Dan & Rocky). for another amazing build and helping me chase my vision …. "These guys have been doing my building gymnastics for...
    Real estate is one of the most captivating and profitable industries and there are thousands of famous and influential real estate investors who rose to fame thanks to their remarkable business undertakings. However, there is one real estate mogul who stands out from the crowd and his name is Omar Wala. Omar Wala sits on the board of Operations at Brisa Builders Corp. This company offers construction development and management services and construction-based financing. What makes Wala and his team different from the majority of other companies is that they aim to address the increasing demand for affordable housing in the greater metropolitan area by developing and constructing mixed-use and multi-family buildings. To date, Brisa has completed more than 1,000 dwelling units and provided affordable housing for numerous families in New York City. “Our purpose is to develop the communities in which we live. First, we strive to make a safer, affordable, and clean home environment for all people. We actually live in the communities we serve; we have family and friends that live in these communities, and we have...
    Residential single family homes construction by KB Home are shown under construction in the community of Valley Center, California, U.S. June 3, 2021.Mike Blake | Reuters There are several signs in the market for newly built homes that point to a potential slowdown for the nation's homebuilders. Data released Tuesday added to the evidence that builders are pulling back. Single family housing starts continued to rise in June, many of those for homes already sold. But building permits, an indicator of future construction, fell more than expected last month to the lowest point since August and were about 100,000 units below the six-month average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. "The single family market in particular desperately needs more new homes, especially on the lower end where first-time home buyers need some price relief and more supply choices, but we also know that it is getting more and more difficult to deliver from a builder perspective at the wanted price points," said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group. Elsewhere in the market, mortgage applications to purchase a...
    COUNTING On star Jeremiah Duggar has launched a construction business, as the family’s reality show is canceled after Josh’s child pornography arrest. The Sun can exclusively reveal Jeremiah, 22, applied for a business license for Hometown Construction, LLC on June 18, 2021, just days before TLC canceled Counting On.  11Jeremiah Duggar launched a construction businessCredit: TLC 11This comes as his family's reality show has been canceledCredit: TLC Jeremiah is known for this handy work.  The Duggar Family Instagram even praised him during a trip to Lowe’s Home Improvement, as a caption read: “Jeremiah and Jason know how to get things done! When they’re not on a construction site, you can usually find them getting supplies... ready for the next project! Grateful for these hardworking guys!” But Jeremiah's new construction business isn’t his only career, as he has his real estate license and works for Good Neighbor Realty along with his twin brother Jedidiah, and siblings James and Joseph.  Jeremiah also has his commercial pilot and flight instructor licenses.  11Jeremiah is known for his handy workCredit: Instagram/Duggar Family 11Jeremiah is also...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — A construction worker from Annapolis is the latest to claim his $40,000 VaxCash prize from the Maryland Lottery. Celso Morales Salinas was the winner of the June 18 drawing. Salinas told Maryland Lottery that he was initially reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and he was the last member of his family to get the jab. Salinas pours concrete for an area construction company, and he said his coworkers helped him make the decision to get vaccinated. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: Hospitalizations, Positivity Rate Continue To Decline Celso Morales Salinas, a construction worker from Annapolis, was the June 18 winner in the $2 Million VaxCash Promotion. Credit: Md. Lottery “I was unsure about potential side-effects, but talking with co-workers was reassuring,” said Salinas.] READ MORE: Woman Found Shot In Parking Garage Near Columbia Mall Dies Just days after he got the second dose of his vaccine, Salinas got the fateful call from the Department of Health that he won $40,000. Salinas said the prize money will be helpful for his family. MORE NEWS: Interstate 295 Opens After...
    TRIBUTES have been paid to a man who was killed after falling down a construction lift shaft as his teenage son fights for his life in hospital. Emergency services raced to a building site on Chapel Street in the city centre of Liverpool on Wednesday to reports of two seriously injured men. 4The two men have been named locally as dad and son David and Clayton BottomleyCredit: Facebook 4Clayton Bottomley is fighting for his life in hospitalCredit: Facebook 4The scene of the tragedy in Rumford Place, LiverpoolCredit: Mercury Cops confirmed a 53-year-old man died while working at one of the Unity buildings in Rumford Place, and an 18-year-old man, understood to be his son, was rushed to hospital where he remains in a critical condition. Witnesses reportedly said the tragic incident involved an external construction lift which suddenly collapsed. The two men have been named locally as dad and son David and Clayton Bottomley, from Castleford in West Yorkshire. 'PEAS IN A POD' A friend of the family told the Liverpool Echo: "They were both inseparable and very much peas...
    VIDEO3:5903:59Single family housing starts down 13.4%, a huge missSquawk Box Despite a historic shortage of homes for sale, homebuilders are actually slowing production, handcuffed by skyrocketing commodity prices and shortages of land and skilled labor.  Single-family housing starts dropped more than 13% in April compared with March, the U.S. Census reported Tuesday. That's the sharpest decrease since last April, when the pandemic shut down the economy.  "I have to blame the difficulty in procuring lumber and other products, along with labor issues for the miss, in addition to likely cancellations due to skyrocketing costs for single family starts," said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group.  Prices new and existing homes are at record levels, and the increases are accelerating at the fastest clip in over 15 years. Nearly half of all builders say they are adding escalation clauses to their sale prices because of rising material costs, according to a recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders.  "Escalation clauses specify that if building materials increase, by a certain percentage for example, the customer would be...
    Construction of new homes in the U.S. slowed by much more than expected in April as homebuilders held back on projects because prices of materials and labor have been rising rapidly. Private homes were started at a seasonally adjusted, annualized rate of 1.569, a 9.5 percent decline from March, Commerce Department showed Tuesday. Economists had expected a rate of 1.705 million. The decline was even sharper in the single‐family home market, where the housing shortage is most acutely felt. Single-family housing starts in April fell to a rate of 1,087,000, 13.4 percent below the March rate. The annual declines are now not useful measures of the health of the market because they reflect a near shutdown of construction in the spring of 2020 due to pandemic lockdowns. Compared with last April, housing starts are up 69 percent. Single‐family authorizations to building homes in April fell to a rate of 1,149,000, 3.8 percent below the revised March figure. That indicates that the shortage of housing could continue in the months ahead, a promising development for home-sellers hoping prices will continue to...
    NEWTON (CBS) – A construction worker was killed when a concrete wall came down in Newton Thursday morning. Federal officials and the district attorney are investigating the accident at a home that was under renovation. The victim’s family is heartbroken, describing Russell Harron as a hardworking man who’d been in construction all his life. READ MORE: Mothers Day Brings Hope To Businesses Impacted By Pandemic “I loved him so much. He was just, he had a heart of gold,” said Stephen Harron, Russell’s brother. Russell Harron was killed in a construction accident in Newton (Family photo) There is a mix of disbelief and heartache for the family of the 55-year-old father of three. He was killed when a concrete wall collapsed on top of him at a home on Winchester Street in Newton. “I got the phone call from someone that he used to work with,” Stephen Harron said. “He just told me that Russ was hurt and he passed.” Surveillance cameras from a nearby home show a frantic worker on the run moments after the wall gave way. He...
    (CNN)The federal government can take "immediate possession" of a Texas family's land along the US-Mexico border after a years-long court battle, a federal judge has ruled -- a move at odds with President Joe Biden's pledge to halt wall construction.Tuesday's ruling from Judge Micaela Alvarez of the Texas Southern District Court was a blow to the Cavazos family, who for years have been fighting to keep the land that's been passed down for generations. "We're hardworking Hispanic landowners. To my family, you can offer whatever, it's more important for them to save their land," Baudilia "Lilly" Cavazos Rodriguez, one of three siblings, two of whom live on the property in Hidalgo County, told CNN. The acquisition process started at least by April 2018. Her sons held hands, cried and crossed the border aloneGenerally, the government is allowed to acquire privately owned land for public use, otherwise known as eminent domain. Border barriers built under previous administrations have largely gone up in areas where land was federally owned, but extending the wall, as former President Donald Trump pledged to, required taking...
    The family of an Army war hero and father of four who was fatally crushed in a Manhattan crane accident two years ago has filed a wrongful death suit over the incident, new court papers show Gregory Echevarria, of Bushwick, Brooklyn, died April 13, 2019 after a 7.5 ton counterweight fell from a crane as he was working at a luxury condo site in Soho. Now, a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Echevarria’s former wife and their three kids — as well as his fiancée and their toddler — alleging negligence by the building owners, the developers and the construction companies involved. The defendants “had actual notice or knowledge of the dangerous and defective conditions … and failed to timely and properly remedy same and provide a safe place for [Echevarria] to work,” the suit charges. “As a result of the carelessness, recklessness and negligence of the defendants… [Echevarria] sustained severe and grievous personal injuries resulting in his wrongful death,” the court papers allege. The building where the accident took place in Manhattan. G.N.Miller/NYPost The 34-year-old crane...
    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON, Mar 17 (.) – U.S. home construction fell to a six-month low in February on severe cold that hit many parts of the country, a setback for a housing market that remains supported by extremely meager inventories. amid strong demand for larger homes. * Home construction starts fell 10.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.421 million units last month, its lowest level since August, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Economists polled by . had projected a decline to a rate of 1.56 billion units in February. * The great cold snap, which was most severe in Texas and other parts of the densely populated southern region of the country in the second half of February, affected retail sales and factory output. * Construction starts fell in the Northeast, Midwest, and South, but increased in the West. Permits for future home construction plunged 10.8% to a rate of 1.682 million units last month. * In the year since the COVID-19 pandemic, demand has shifted to larger and more expensive homes as millions of Americans continue...
    Construction at Marsha P. Johnson State Park has been stopped temporarily after a Brooklyn Community Board 1 Parks Committee meeting where Marsha’s family members shared their grief on a public forum. Local environmental activists have been fighting against the reconstruction of the former East River State Park in Williamsburg. The halted construction includes covering a lot in a large, colorful thermoplastic (the paint used for road markings) mural, huge foam core flowers, and sheds to honor the LGBTQ civil rights activist. The $14 million project is sponsored by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Activists have been petitioning against the issue for two months since construction began. On Thursday, the Parks Committee of Brooklyn Community Board #1 met to discuss the situation to hear from those concerned. The family of Johnson attended the meeting to express their issues about the project. James Carey, cousin of Marsha, spoke about how his family was not included in the discussion of the construction.
    U.S. construction spending rose by more than twice the level expected in January, highlighting the ongoing strength of the U.S. housing market. Construction spending jumped 1.7 percent from December’s revised level to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.52 trillion, the Commerce Department reported Monday. That was better than the eight-tenths of a percent forecast by economists. The January figure is 5.8 percent higher than a year prior. Residential construction was been driven much higher by a sharp increase in demand for single-family homes and a shrinking supply of existing homes for sale. This rose 2.5 percent from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $713.0 billion in January. Compared with a year ago, residential construction spending is up an astounding 21.1. Private sector construction spending on single-family homes hit $376.2 billion, up 3 percent for the month and up 24.2 from a year ago. Nonresidential construction has been weak since the pandemic struck. It rose 0.9 percent in January but is still down 5 percent compared with a year ago. Absent government construction spending, nonresidential construction is down 1o.1 percent from...
    When he was running for governor three years ago, Gavin Newsom promised, rather absurdly, that he would spearhead a drive to build 3.5 million new housing units by 2025. It was absurd because it would require California to escalate new construction from about 100,000 units a year to 500,000, which would be financially and physically impossible. Once elected, Newsom backed away from that pledge, calling it “aspirational,” but he did attempt, a year ago, to once again focus attention on the state’s housing crisis by devoting nearly all of his State of the State address to it and the closely related homelessness issue. Within weeks, however, his attention shifted to the COVID-19 pandemic and housing went on the Capitol’s back burner. Meanwhile, California’s housing shortage has gotten significantly worse. This month, Newsom’s Department of Finance revealed that just 102,800 residential building permits were issued in 2020, down 8.8% from 2019’s total, which itself was a 3.8% drop from 2018. Not only is overall construction headed the wrong way, but all of last year’s decline was in apartments and other forms...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Family members of Jordan Romero, who was killed Wednesday in a Boston construction accident, described him as a hard-working father who was trying to earn enough money to bring his family to the United States from El Salvador. Romero and another man were killed on High Street in Boston’s Financial District when they fell into a hole at a construction site. The second man has not yet been identified by investigators or family members. READ MORE: Avocado Toast, Fried Chicken Croissant Sandwich Among New Dunkin Menu Items Investigators have not said exactly how the incident unfolded. Romero’s family members told WBZ-TV a truck knocked them into the hole, which was about 20 feet deep. Jordan Romero. (Family Photo) The 27-year-old Lynn resident moved to the Massachusetts from El Salvador about 10 years ago. Family members said Romero was in search of a better life in the United States. READ MORE: 2 Men Killed In Accident At Construction Site On High Street In Boston Romero was a father of two young children. “If I could just see him...
    The Ambanis, a billionaire family in India, are planning the construction of a 280-acre zoo and animal sanctuary expected to open in 2023, according to Business Insider. The Ambanis plan to build the massive zoo in Jamnagar, a city in western India, Business Insider reported. “Greens Zoological Rescue and Rehabilitation Kingdom” will house nearly 100 species of animals, birds and reptiles from across the world and include a rescue center to help the local government, The Week reported. The Ambanis control the Reliance Industries conglomerate, India’s most valuable company worth $168 billion. Reliance owner Mukesh Ambani is the 12th-richest person in world, with a net worth of $78.3 billion. The zoo is the project of his 25-year-old son, Anant Ambani, according to Business Insider. India’s richest man and oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani (R) and his wife Nita Ambani (2R) pose with their children (L-C) Akash Ambani, Anant Ambani and Isha Ambani as they arrive for the company’s 40th AGM in Mumbai on July 21, 2017.(INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images) The family has already received some criticism for...
    A contractor frames a house under construction in Lehi, Utah, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Private residential construction in the U.S. rose 2.7% in November.George Frey | Bloomberg | Getty Images Consumers want more newly built, affordable homes, but builders are finding that hard to deliver, especially as prices for framing lumber spike ever higher. Lumber prices inched above $1,000 per thousand board feet Thursday morning before falling back below that benchmark, according to Random Length Lumber Futures (Mar 2021). The high of $1,004.90 is double the price from just three months ago and a record. Higher lumber costs are likely behind a drop in January housing starts. Starts of single-family homes, which are the most desperately needed, fell 12% compared with December, according to the U.S. Census. "Builders report concerns over increasing lumber and other construction costs and delays in obtaining building materials," wrote Robert Dietz, chief economist at the National Association of Home Builders. "Rising interest rates will also erode housing affordability in 2021, as inventories of existing homes remain low." Dietz also noted that the number...
    California homebuilders modestly increased their single-family construction plans in 2020, but the expansion badly trailed a national building boom. In an odd pandemic year that boosted homebuying, California recorded 61,700 new permits for single-family residences, according to Census Bureau data compiled by the St. Louis Fed. My trust spreadsheet tells us that 2020 permits in California were 4% higher than 2019’s pace, but that’s fairly meek growth … 1. Single-family permits rose 14% elsewhere in the U.S. 2. Only 11 states performed worse than California. 3. California’s slice of the nation’s single-family home creation fell to 6.3%, below its 6.9% average in the previous five years. Get The Home Stretch newsletter to follow regional housing trends. Subscribe here! California’s meager production of new homes was certainly a reason statewide sales price leaped 11% in a year, pushing the median sales price for an existing single-family home to $659,380. Limited choices and higher prices didn’t deter too many house hunters as sales rose 3.5% vs. 2019. Now, builders claim the state is a tough place to build as regulations make construction...
    On Jan. 27, Drew Arntz told his family that the conditions at the Linden construction site he was working on were becoming too dangerous, according to his sister, Dawn Arntz. The following day, he died when his machine fell into icy waters, leaving him trapped in a pocket of air for nearly an hour. Drew, 55, of Allentown, PA, was being remembered by his sister as a "good man who loved life." Still, Dawn told Daily Voice, "he wanted off this job." Simpson and Brown Inc., of Cranford, was identified by OSHA as the employer. The company is also currently being investigated by OSHA for an employee injury in an excavation on Aug. 25, 2020, OSHA spokesperson Lenore Fortson-Uddyback said. The company did not immediately return Daily Voice's request for comment. Drew had been operating an excavator when the machine fell into the Arthur Kill River Channel around 8 a.m. on Jan. 28, Linden police previously said in a release. Drew was removed from the machine cab sometime around 9 a.m. by NYPD aviation divers, after having waited for help in a small...
    On Jan. 27, Drew Arntz told his family that the conditions at the Linden construction site he was working on were becoming too dangerous, according to his sister, Dawn Arntz. The following day, he died when his machine fell into icy waters, leaving him trapped in a pocket of air for nearly an hour. Drew, 55, of Allentown, PA, was being remembered by his sister as a "good man who loved life." Still, Dawn told Daily Voice, "he wanted off this job." Simpson and Brown Inc., of Cranford, was identified by OSHA as the employer. The company is also currently being investigated by OSHA for an employee injury in an excavation on Aug. 25, 2020, OSHA spokesperson Lenore Fortson-Uddyback said. The company did not immediately return Daily Voice's request for comment. Drew had been operating an excavator when the machine fell into the Arthur Kill River Channel around 8 a.m. on Jan. 28, Linden police previously said in a release. Drew was removed from the machine cab sometime around 9 a.m. by NYPD aviation divers, after having waited for help in a small...
    Actress Kangana Ranaut, who has reportedly gifted new flats to her siblings Rangoli, Aksht and two cousins in Chandigarh, on Tuesday said she was fortunate that she could share her wealth with family. “I want to encourage people to share their wealth with their family. Fitness Alert! From Kangana Ranaut to Taapsee Pannu, Bollywood Beauties Who Underwent Physical Transformation for Their Roles in Upcoming Movies Remember happiness multiplies when it’s shared, they are beautiful luxury apartments under construction will be ready in 2023 but I am very fortunate that I could do this for my family,” Kangana tweeted. The four under-construction properties cost Rs 4 crore as per an E Times report. Before Kangana Ranaut, Here Are The Other Actresses Who Played Characters Inspired By Former Prime Minister Of India Indira Gandhi Kangana Ranaut’s Words of Wisdom: I want to encourage people to share their wealth with their family…. remember happiness multiplies when it’s shared, they are beautiful luxury apartments under construction will be ready in 2023 but I am very fortunate that I could do...
    JUSTIN Duggar is now working for his future father-in-law’s construction company as a secretary while the teen plans his wedding to fiancee Claire Spivey.  The Sun can exclusively reveal Justin, 18, listed Texas-based business Spivey Construction, which Claire’s father Robert launched in 2006, as his employer for a campaign donation, according to the Federal Election Commission. 9Justin Duggar works for his father-in-law's construction company Credit: Instagram 9Justin is listed as a secretary for Spivey ConstructionCredit: Instagram His occupation is listed as “secretary” of the company.  His future wife Claire also has Secretary for Spivey Construction listed on her Instagram bio.  Eagle-eyed Reddit fans were the first to report on Justin’s occupation.  The construction business is the perfect line of employment for Jim Bob and Michelle’s son, as he remodels homes. 9Jim Bob sold Justin a home for $1Credit: Instagram 9Justin renovated the mobile trailer Credit: Instagram As The Sun previously reported, Jim Bob, 55, sold his son a mobile home for $1 on December 8, 2020. Jim Bob bought the Springdale, Arkansas home on May 18, 2020 for $35,500. ...
    The numbers: U.S. home builders started construction on homes at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.67 million in December, representing a 5.8% increase from the previous month’s figure, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. Permitting for new homes occurred at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.71 million, up 4.5% from November. Compared with December 2019, housing starts were up 5%, while permits were up 17%. It was the highest level housing starts and building permits have reached since 2006. Both figures came in ahead of analysts’ expectations, reflecting growth in the single-family sector. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected housing starts to occur at a pace of 1.56 million and building permits to come in at a pace of 1.61 million. What happened: Growth in the single-family sector drove the rise in both housing starts and building permits. On a monthly basis, single-family starts were up 12%, while single-family permits were up 7.8%. Comparatively, new construction on multifamily buildings fell 15.2% between November and December, while multifamily permits for buildings with five or more units slipped 2%. Permits...
    More On: gambinos Union boss bragged about ties to John Gotti, federal prosecutors allege Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano spills Gambino secrets…again It’s no Bull: Mob rat is charging on Facebook, teases podcast Convicted felon with family mob ties accused of defrauding investors A slew of admitted mobsters will now be trading their tony Westchester County digs for the bing. A Gambino captain and 10 members and associates of the organized crime family pleaded guilty to a laundry list of crimes in Brooklyn federal court this week. The defendants – seven of whom live in suburbs north of the Bronx – copped to charges ranging from racketeering conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice, tax evasion and offenses related to organized criminal activities throughout the area, prosecutors said. Andrew Campos, a purported Gambino captain, and soldier Vincent Fiore plead guilty Friday to racketeering conspiracy, participation in predicate acts of wire fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice offenses. Campos and members of his crew skipped millions of dollars off the top of their carpentry company, CWC Contracting Corp, by paying employees in...
    Looking forward to this valuable lesson in sportsmanship as Let Them Play graciously accepts this ruling. The Star Tribune’s Paul Klauda reports: “A federal judge has denied a legal challenge by a group that claimed its inability to gather for a protest of Gov. Tim Walz’s pause on youth sports violated its First Amendment rights. … The group, with a Facebook membership of 23,000, filed a lawsuit on Dec. 10 in U.S. District Court challenging Walz’s order to pause youth sports to help control the spread of COVID-19. … The group sought to protest the order last month in a rally on the State Capitol grounds but the state denied the request. … Judge John Tunheim ruled Friday that Let Them Play MN had failed to prove its claims.” Long piece in Sports Illustrated on the Vikings’ activism. Greg Bishop writes: “Eric Kendricks jogged onto the turf for the Vikings’ season opener, his long, curly, black hair bouncing atop his shoulder pads, his eyes scanning the most surreal football scene imaginable. … The 66,200 seats at U.S. Bank Stadium were...
    NCAAW what to watch: No. 1 South Carolinas tough schedule continues with No. 8 NC State, No. 23 Iowa St The hottest Cyber Week deals still available Slowing but Continuing Growth in New Homes Market Forecast for 2021 © Provided by Millionacres Slowing but Continuing Growth in New Homes Market Forecast for 2021 The coming year should see a continuation of the growth in new construction starts and sales in residential markets across the country -- pandemic permitting. Whether 2021 matches 2020's performance remains to be seen, of course. Demand this year was driven by low interest rates, an interest in more space inside and out (spurned in part by the work-from-home trend) that's driving a shift to the suburbs, and a shortage of existing inventory, especially for moderately priced single-family homes. The result was dramatic. New construction starts in October hit the highest levels since 2007, just before the Great Recession. The seasonally adjusted annual rate for privately owned, single-family housing starts was up 20.6% year to date in October 2020 from October 2019, according to a November...
    U.S. construction spending jumped by more than expected in October, driven higher by demand for single family homes. The Census Bureau reported that construction spending rose a seasonally-adjusted 1.3 percent in October compared with September. Compared with a year ago, October construction spending is up 3.7 percent. During the first ten months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1.19 trillion, 4.3 percent above the same period in 2019. Single-family home construction climbed an astounding seasonally adjusted 5.6 percent in October, helping to lift total private residential construction 2.9 percent for the month. Compared with October of 2019, single-family construction spending is up 13.3 and total private residential construction is up 14.5 percent. Year to date, single-family construction spending is up 5 percent. Nonresidential private construction fell 0.7 percent, weighed down by a 3.1 percent decline in construction spending on hotels and motels. On an annual basis, spending in the lodging category is down 12.7 percent. Office construction fell two-tenths of a percentage point for the month and is down 5.1 percent year-to-date. Spending on construction of manufacturing facilities fell...
    SILVER SPRING, Md. – U.S. construction spending jumped 1.3% in October, the fifth straight monthly increase, again on the strength of single-family home building. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the October gain follows a strong upward revision of 0.5% in September. Private residential construction projects rose 2.9% with single-family home building up 5.6%. Spending on government construction projects increased 1%. During the first ten months of 2020, construction spending is up 4.3% over the same period last year. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
    Construction started on new home in the U.S. in October at a faster pace than expected, with a sharp rise in single-family homebuilding. Residential starts increased 4.9 to a 1.53 million annualized rate from a month earlier, according to a government report released Wednesday. The median forecast in an Econoday survey of economists called for a 1.46 million pace. Applications to build, a proxy for future construction, held steady at a 1.54 million rate, slightly below forecasts. Single-family home construction jumped 6.4 percent to an annualized rate of 1.179 million. Total home starts were 14.2 percent higher than a year ago. Single-family home starts are up 29.4 percent compared with last October. September’s starts figure was revised up from 1.415 million to 1.459 million. Construction on projects with five or more units fell 3.2 percent in October and is down 19.9 percent from a year ago, a reflection of the fact that urban apartments have fallen out of favor in the current market. Rock-bottom mortgage rates, families looking for more space and distance from increasingly dangerous urban areas has set...
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