Saturday, May 23, 2015

Attention (some) project neighbors: double-paned windows and air conditioners available to dampen noise

Just three days after the question of how much Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park neighbors had been informed of the requirement that they be offered double-paned windows and air conditioners for noise attenuation, new notices were distributed yesterday.

I spotted the notices yesterday posted on Dean Street properties between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, and on Vanderbilt Avenue between Dean and Pacific street.

(A residents adds that they were also placed on Dean Street between Sixth and Carlton Avenue, in part, and on Vanderbilt from Dean to Bergen, in part, and on Carlton Avenue from Dean to Bergen, in part. They were not visible on Carlton Avenue from Pacific to Dean, right opposite the project site.. That's a prime area, so it's possible the neighbors were informed already, or via other means.)

Updating the list

The issue came up May 19 at the meeting of the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation (AY CDC)n, where directors were told by Forest City Ratner executive Jane Marshall that the developer was updating a tracking list created in 2007 to reach out to neighbors.

At the meeting, resident Peter Krashes said some residents had received a letter regarding potential noise mitigation late--two or three months after the groundbreaking last December for the B15 tower at Carlton and Dean, and it was “dated to the point of the groundbreaking.”

The new letters come well after construction activities started on the southeast block of the project site, bounded by Dean and Pacific streets, and Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues.
At the meeting, Krashes asked Empire State Development (ESD), the state agency overseeing/shepherding the project (and the parent of the advisory AY CDC) if the developer met the required terms regarding public notice to residents about the noise attenuation mitigations, and if there was a penalty.

Empire State Development official Rachel Shatz said ESD would review Forest City’s recordkeeping, so she couldn’t yet comment on compliance.

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