Friday, September 16, 2011

From AY Watch: Atlantic Yards-related work extends to 24 hours a day, resulting in many reported quality of life impacts

From Atlantic Yards Watch, Atlantic Yards-related work extends to 24 hours a day, resulting in many reported quality of life impacts:
Late night and weekend work hours continue to be expanded at Atlantic Yards. The work in the video above takes place at Atlantic and 4th Avenues on a regular basis late at night and is concluded at 6 am. This video is from September 1st.

Normal construction work hours at the site extend from 7 am to 3:30 pm. Work in the arena is now often 24 hours a day during the week and extends into weekends. As of this weekend, work in the Vanderbilt railyard will take place both Saturdays and Sundays. Truck deliveries for the arena have now been moved forward to as early as 6:00 am. Construction staging on block 1129 is active any time extended hours work takes place elsewhere in the footprint or its vicinity.
The number of workers during extended hours is often significantly less than during normal weekday hours. And according to the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments, "work that generates high noise levels would be scheduled during weekday daytime hours to the extent feasible...unless required by safety or other agency requirements." Now safety and other agency requirements often appear to override community noise concerns.
The work can be distressing for residents nearby. In the last several months repeated complaints have been made about the installation of the traffic mitigations at Atlantic and 4th Avenues.
Go to the link for the rest.

But the upshot is: Empire State Development doesn't seem as proactive in responding to complaints as Project Director Arana Hankin would like. And the hiring of a new community relations rep, filling a spot empty for three months, could come none too soon.

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