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What's going on at the northeast corner of the arena block? The removal of construction trailers means...

A reader asked me what was going on with the removal of below-grade construction trailers this week at the northeast corner of the arena block.



There was no explanation, but it's safe to assume that, with the near-completion of the arena, those construction trailers were unnecessary/redundant. There are no plans yet to build on that site, aka B4.

It is slated to the the third of the modular residential buildings around the arena--first, the 32-story B2, which began construction in December at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street, then the somewhat shorter B3 at the northwest corner of Sixth Avenue and Dean, then B4 (about 50 stories) at the southwest corner of Sixth and Atlantic Avenue.

I think it's safe to assume that the developer want to make sure they can get the first two buildings right before trying one that's much larger. B3 is supposed to start six to nine months after first is completed (which should be mid/late 2014), and third building on the same schedule, so that suggests an early 2016 start for B4. But nothing with Atlantic Yardsis predictable.

I assume the removal of the construction trailers will be discussed at a future public meeting, such as the next Atlantic Yards Quality of Life meeting, likely in late April.

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  1. Peter Krashes11:17 AM

    There is little or no description to the public of the B4 footprint's uses until it is built, which could be another 10 years or so. The State now has the opportunity with the project's SEIS to close this gap.

    In 2009 one of the changes to the arena block was the separation of the non-arena buildings from the arena. The entire first phase of the project was originally to be complete in less than a year and a half from the time of the arena opening. The shantytown in B4's footprint (apparently used to build the arena) was a surprise to the community nearby since no one ever told us it would be there.

    There has been more attention given to construction delay in the project's second phase because local civic organizations successfully got the courts to order the State and FCRC to study construction delay in the project's second phase. But the SEIS is an opportunity for the changes to the arena block to be addressed as well. If the opportunity is taken I believe it will result in an improved project.

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    1. To clarify Peter's comment, the state agency overseeing Atlantic Yards, Empire State Development, is in the process of conducting an SEIS (Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement) regarding the project, So far, the state has taken comments on the *scope* for the SEIS, a prelude to a final scope, which will be followed by a Draft SEIS (and public hearing and opportunity for comment), and a Final SEIS.
      http://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2013/02/hearing-on-atlantic-yards-environmental.html
      http://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2013/03/brooklynspeaks-dddb-comment-on-draft.html

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