Thursday, March 17, 2011

Does modular construction mean a new environmental review is needed for Atlantic Yards?

On the one hand, the modular construction considered by Bruce Ratner as a money- and time-saving solution to building towers on the Atlantic Yards site would reduce and de-concentrate typical construction activity.

On the other, the delivery of 900 modules, "lifted into place by crane and bolted together at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street," as the Times described it, could introduce a different set of impacts on traffic, or on street closures.

So too could modular construction for the rest of the site.

And, whether or not those impacts would be less significant than those already studied, these new impacts sure have not been studied.

Is the Empire State Development Corporation working on--i.e., having ubiquitous consultant AKRF write--another Technical Memorandum/Technical Analysis right now, as AKRF did in 2009 and 2010?

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