Tuesday, July 12, 2011

As Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting approaches Thursday, Atlantic Yards Watch keeps track

I got an email this morning from a Prospect Heights resident telling me--without detail--that construction on the Atlantic Yards site was continuing at 12:30 a.m.

The second shift at the arena site is only supposed to go to 11 p.m., however. I suggested that she contact Atlantic Yards Watch, which has a link for reporting incidents. It's unrelated to this blog--which is aimed at reportage, analysis, and commentary--and set up to maintain an archive of reports.

In fact, Atlantic Yards Watch stands as a daily response to those, like the Empire State Development Corporation's Arana Hankin, who say they're not sufficiently informed of community complaints.

A few of the latest are below, concerning parking and dust.

AY District Service Cabinet

Every two months--it used to be three--representatives of developer Forest City Ratner, the ESDC, the three affected Community Boards, city agencies, and others meet at Borough Hall for a meeting of the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet.

The meeting this week is Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The meetings are open to the public and press, but, curiously enough, not advertised. Nor is videotaping permitted.

Visitors cannot ask questions but questions, including community complaints, can be submitted beforehand via the Community Boards, elected officials like Council Member Letitia James (who's generally the only person to publicly challenge the developer/state), and the Borough President's Office.

From AY Watch: construction worker's car blocks hydrant

One ongoing issue is illegal parking, which does not seem to be enforced at various places around the Atlantic Yards footprint, notably Sixth Avenue. However, as the photos from yesterday show, some complaints regarding parking on Pacific Street have provoked a response.

The car gets ticketed

Dust caused by the railyard work

From Atlantic Yards Watch yesterday:
Dust from excavation and trucks in the railyard is visible in this photo submitted with an incident report today.  Dust suppression measures are supposed to be put in place in order to protect air quality for workers on the project and the community nearby.

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