Monday, September 15, 2014

From the latest (on time) Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update: overnight work on Atlantic Avenue starts Wednesday

After releasing the previous two-week Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update more than two business days late, on 9/4/14, Forest City Ratner and Empire State Development did much better this week, releasing the latest alert, dated today, at 9:36 am.

The document reveals that on or about Wednesday night, September 17, 2014, "the contractor will work to extend the exploratory work for the LIRR tunnel wall across the intersection of 6th Avenue."

"A trench along the LIRR tunnel wall will be excavated and then plated over to maintain traffic over 6th Avenue," the document states. The work will take place over two to three nights form 10 pm to 6 am.

How much noise and who monitors it?

No mention is made regarding the steps taken to limit the noise. The Second Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments (MEC), signed this June, documents the developer's commitment to meeting noise levels set forth in the city's Noise Control Code or even lower levels stated in the Final Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement.

The MEC states that Forest City's OEM, or on-site environmental monitor, "staff shall check applicable equipment for compliance with the MEC Noise Requirements when the equipment is first

However, there's no OEM yet. The MEC states that Forest City shall "use commercially reasonable efforts to retain the engineering firm to serve as the OEM on or before September 15, 2014," meaning today.

At the Quality of Life meeting 9/4/14, Forest City rep Ashley Cotton said "it will be a little later than September 15," but that "the delay is going to be very short." She agreed to make an announcement to neighbors when the monitor is hired.

Demolition coming

On the southeast block of the project site, Block 1129, asbestos abatement of 752 Pacific Street, the one extant building, has been completed.

"Subject to receipt of permit, Demolition of 752 Pacific Street is expected to commence during this reporting period," the alert states.

B2 work stoppage recharacterized

While the previous alert stated that "Work at the B2 [modular] site has been halted by a wrongful work stoppage by construction manager Skanska," suggesting that ESD was taking Forest City's side, the new alert simply says that "Work at the B2 site and within the modular factory has been halted."
At B3 site

Not only have trailers to be used in connection with the Green Roof construction been installed onto the B3 site, near Dean Street and Sixth Avenue, and fencing reconfigured for the entire site, developers will start soil characterization borings "to facilitate soil disposal related to future B3 building construction.

LIRR Yard Activities - Block 1120 & 1121 (verbatim excerpts)
• Pile drilling along the north side of Pacific Street has been completed. SOE [support of excavation] work including the installation of lagging and tiebacks will continue in this area during this reporting period.
• Drilling of SOE minipiles under the east side of the 6th Avenue Bridge is scheduled to begin during this reporting period.
• During this reporting period, the Contractor will continue excavation and hauling of soil from Blocks 1120 and 1121. 
See the document for contact information for the ESD and the developer.

Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Alert September 15, 2014

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