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May 20, 2019

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A proposed 45-story jail tower at 125 White Street in Lower Manhattan sparked heated debate during public hearings earlier this month, with Tribeca, Chinatown and Soho residents raising concerns including cost, shadows cast by the structure and a loss of history, The Architect's Newspaper reports. Part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to close Rikers Island and replace it with four borough-based jails, the White Street structure would replace 13- and nine-story towers that make up the Manhattan Detention Complex, also known as The Tombs, which includes an Art Deco/Art Moderne tower. Together, the four new jails would cost roughly US$11 billion, while renovating Rikers, some tower opponents said, would cost only US$1 billion. Building a tower would result in larger inmate cells, better lighting and ventilation and additional programs. A de Blasio spokesman said Rikers, home to approximately 9,000 inmates, is "too archaic and old" to be renovated.


Harry H. Pinney, founder of Pinnco Elevator Industries Ltd., passed away on May 15 at age 97 in Lindsay, Canada. A World War II veteran, he founded the company with his wife, Pearl, after retiring from Montgomery Elevator in 1983. Pinney was also a member of the Canadian Elevator Contractors Association and lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He tutored their son, Steven, in the business from a very early age, and passed the running of the business over to him upon retirement. Pinney then took up bird carving, and one of his creations was a first-prize winner. He is survived by children, Jan and Steven; three step-grandsons; and six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be made at


A trio of dedicated elevators will be among amenities for residents who live on or above the 32nd floor of the 50-story LK Tower set to open late this year in the Melbourne CBD, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reports. Designed by Bates Smart with a metallic, futuristic look and housing 400 apartments, it is joining the 10-story, 88-unit Capitol Grand tower, which is complete. In addition to the dedicated elevators, upper-floor dwellers in the 180-m-tall building will enjoy 360˚ views around Melbourne, a private entrance and access to an infinity pool, lounges, dining rooms and a gym.


Two escalators dating to 1982 are being replaced at the Grand Junction Regional Airport in Grand Junction, Colorado, as part of a larger terminal renovation, The Daily Sentinel reports. Contractors from FCI Constructors, Inc. worked throughout the day on May 15 to remove the “down” escalator on the west side of the airport and install a new one. The “up” escalator near the baggage check-in area is set to be replaced in June. According to FCI, which tells ELEVATOR WORLD the new equipment is being provided by Otis, the escalators are the only ones in western Colorado. For that reason, the source observes, FCI had to bring in technicians from Denver who are more familiar with the equipment.


Sky Grand Tower is rising to a 48-story, 172.4-m-tall height to become the second-tallest building in Japan's Chiba Prefecture, behind the 49-story, 180.82-m-tall Apa Hotel & Resort, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is among news outlets to report. Part of the six-tower Makuhari Bay Park residential development, Sky Grand Tower is being built by a team of developers that includes Mitsui Fudusan Residential, Nomura Real Estate, Mitsubishi Jisho Residence and Itochu Urban Development. Makuri Bay Park is taking shape around Wakaba 3-Chome Park in Makuhari, a commercial district built in the 1980s on reclaimed land just outside Tokyo on Tokyo Bay.

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