In other words, it was not Verizon, as stated in the Construction Alert, which is prepared by Forest City Ratner and sent out by Empire State Development. And while it may not be under the direct control of Atlantic Yards Development Company, surely AYDC has influence with its subcontractors.
There's a brief but intriguing statement in the latest Atlantic Yards Construction Alert, dated 10/10/11 but issued yesterday afternoon:
We have been advised that Verizon has retained MFM Contracting to install new conduit in the Times Plaza area. This work is independent of and unrelated to the Traffic Mitigation work and is not under the control of AYDC [Atlantic Yards Development Company].Unmentioned is that MFM Contracting is responsible for some of the loud overnight construction work, including in this video, that has plagued residents on Pacific Street near Fourth Avenue.
Does that mean Forest City Ratner is off the hook? Only partly--residents in the area have reported multiple sources of overnight noise (see list of FCR permits below), and other loud overnight work, such as at the Vanderbilt Yard, is clearly connected to the project.
And it's not clear if MFM's work is devoid of any relation to Atlantic Yards. (See comment at bottom.)
Need for clarity
Arana Hankin, Atlantic Yards Project Director for Empire State Development, has said she wants the agency to be more proactive, and said that should happen when a new community relations staffer comes on board. But that job's been open for nearly four months.
And the agency has for weeks passed on the opportunity to respond publicly to a rash of complaints and questions about noise or, for example, to inform the public promptly about MFM's work.
Moreover, evidence suggests that MFM is not working for Verizon. According to the NYC Department of Transportation permit database, as suggested in the graphic below, MFM is working on a water pipeline.
And while the MFM work may be unrelated to the traffic mitigation work needed for the project, it's not clear whether it has any relation to the changes in the utility system wrought by the project.
As indicated in the document below, Forest City has a wide array of permits, many of them aspects of the same job.
Forest City Ratner DOT Permits