Excavation of the North planting bed revealed that the foundation walls and footings were in very good condition. Some repointing of deteriorating mortar was carried out and the areaways were reconstructed. Because there is no storm sewer on 6th Avenue, all of the surface water has to be drained to the curb, limiting the depth of plantings in this bed. This engineered fill is compacted to form a relatively impermeable layer which slopes away from the building.