Wednesday, July 06, 2016

From the latest Construction Update: giant green fence outside 550 Vanderbilt may shrink

According to the latest two-week Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning Monday July 4 (a holiday) and released yesterday by Empire State Development at 3:22 pm (late) after preparation by Greenland Forest City Partners, some major work promised in the previous Construction Update is again expected in this period, and some new work is planned.

Part of the giant fence may shrink. Provided appropriate permits are obtained, the MPT (maintenance and protection of traffic) along Vanderbilt Avenue outside the 550 Vanderbilt site may be modified during this period to deconstruct the 16 foot fence, put up an 8 foot fence and establish a protected pedestrian path on the west side of Vanderbilt Avenue. A community notice will be distributed.

As predicted in the two previous Construction Updates, demolition at Block 1120--the buildings that bump down into the railyard from Atlantic Avenue--could commence upon receipt of Department of Buildings and Department of Transportation permits. MPT could be installed on Atlantic Avenue. A community notice will be distributed.

During this reporting period, test pits will be performed at the gate near the intersection of Vanderbilt Avenue and Pacific Street in connection with water main infrastructure installations. Underground vault installations may start, site conditions permitting. Street closures will not be required and flaggers will be used as needed.

Installation of new MPT and mobilization of equipment along Atlantic Avenue (from LIRR Site Entrance to Carlton Avenue) was to begin as early as yesterday. A community notice was distributed last week indicating that the south side of the Atlantic Avenue sidewalk between Sixth and Carlton avenues would be closed for six months.

Outside B2

Regarding the B2 tower, aka 461 Dean Street, overnight sewer installation at the intersection of Flatbush & Dean Street may occur. A community notice will be distributed.

Work related to the removal of the final sections of the tower crane outside B2--remember, that was stalled by sparks--may occur during this reporting period. All work will be performed within the construction fence perimeter.

After-hours work

Also, there will be late shift, Saturday, and overnight work. Saturday work is expected at B2, at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street, as well as other sites, including B3 (38 Sixth Avenue), B11 (550 Vanderbilt Avenue), B12 (615 Dean Street), and B14 (535 Carlton Avenue). Second-shift work also may occur at B2, which is the first tower expected to open.

Weekend electrical utility work will continue at the LIRR rail yard, and demolition of the LIRR tunnel should continue on weekends, continuous from Friday night through Sunday morning.

At B11

There may be a big lift at 550 Vanderbilt starting tomorrow. Pursuant to DOT permits, "generator pick will be conducted on 07/07/16 & 07/08/16 or 07/14/16 & 07/15/16... Hydraulic crane will be utilized."

"Generator pick" is one of those shorthands (pickup?) that should be caught by the governmental officials who pass along the announcement.

Sewer work?

Pursuant to Department of Environmental Protection permits, mobilizing and prep work for sewer relining within the project site in Pacific Street between Vanderbilt and 6th Avenues was supposed to begin in the previous two weeks. There's no indication that it began, and it's not scheduled during this period.

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