Elusive accountability: despite claimed consultants on site, neighbors must provide "oversight of the oversight"
The record then suggested accountability was elusive, and the most recent flurry of Instagram posts and YouTube videos from yesterday (directly below and further below) confirms that.
It recalled for me an exchange in June 2014, upon the announcement of a settlement that produced a new 2025 timetable for the project affordable housing, the new, advisory Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation (AY CDC) and a general but distinctly incomplete air of agreement.
At that ESD board meeting, members of the Dean Street Block Association explained why they had left the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, a signatory of the settlement, because they felt the oversight would be insufficient.
"The history of Atlantic Yards is that the devil is in the details," declared Peter Krashes. "What is delivered is rarely more than what is spelled out in written agreements and often is less.” He noted that "neighbor after neighbor has already detailed the noncompliance with environmental commitments," but they still have oversight to themselves.
He read a statement by a neighbor, Wayne Bailey, who lamented that the agreement had specific penalties regarding delays and affordable housing but not for violations of construction protocols. he cited violations of hours of construction just in the past 12 hours.
Kenneth Adams, the ESD's CEO, pledged to do better and quipped, with both friendliness and a bit of condescension, "Peter, I expect you to provide oversight of the oversight.”
Adams, a Brooklynite relatively familiar with Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, has departed, succeeded by a Buffalo developer. Krashes and Bailey, as shown below, continue to provide oversight of the oversight, with no government or developer hotline for real-time accountability. And the lack of penalties for illegal parking, blocking traffic, and more continue.
Here's a few more times cars have parked on the sidewalk on Dean because DOT unreasonably allowed the Pacific Park developer to gobble up public street in order to .... what exactly? Although taken a year and a half ago, the developer hasn't even begun the work in this location yet!!! What's the work when it takes place? Market rate housing. And who pays the price for DOT's submissiveness? Private property owners responsible for sidewalk repairs. @nyc_dot @nycmayorsoffice @nyc311 @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report @hdr_inc @STVGroup @nypd78thpcc #pacificparkbk #bciza @empirestatedev
Vanderbilt Avenue jammed again. Just an unwelcome reminder that due to Pacific Park developer's consultant's mistakes there are fewer north/south travel lanes passing through and by the area than before the project. That's a permanent condition. The temporary construction closures are pile-on. @nyc_dot @nycmayorsoffice @nyc311 @fdny @pacificparkbk @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report #pacificparkbk #bciza #535carlton #hdr_inc @stvgroup @nypd78thpcc
@nyc_dot why are agencies wasting 💰$$💰installing bioswals on @pacificparkbk B15 site sidewalk on 6th Ave bet Dean St & Pacific St? + no flaggers when contractors close N bound vehicle traffic lane! Why aren't @empirestatedev #moreenvironmentalmonitors catching this? @nycmayorsoffice @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report #bciza #664pacific #ayreport #aycdcboard #pacificparkbk #pedistriansafety #pedistriantraffic #govermentwaste @hdr_inc #communityboard8 #78thprecinct @nyc311 watch video here: https://youtu.be/vYg4uU3oQFc
Construction worker parks illegally in a bus stop on Dean while waiting for alternative side parking rules to end at 11:30 am. He confirmed with me it is his car. So where are the much ballyhooed identification badges Ashley Cotton promised? Why the delay? The developer knows why they are needed. @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report @pacificparkbk @nypd78thpcc @nyc_dot @mta_nyc #pacificparkbk #hdr_inc #bciza #535carlton @hdr_inc @STVGroup @nyc311
535 Carlton contractor gives illegally routed construction delivery truck instructions. The contractor stepped up to truck window and waved him to Pacific Street. The truck got to Carlton Avenue, which is not a DOT designated truck route via Bergen Street which is also not a truck route. No project related monitors in sight. @nyc_dot @nyc311 @nypd78thpcc @nycmayorsoffice #pacificparkbk #hdr_inc @hdr_inc @STVGroup #bciza
B65 bus stuck behind fuel oil truck doing it's essential job on Dean. No project related people visible nearby at the time. Greenland Forest City allowed to gobble up street for no clear reason. Full 3 munite video here. https://youtu.be/PwRPe-eytnM @nyc311 @nyc_dot @nypd78thpcc @pacificparkbk @atlanticyards_pacificpk_report #pacificparkbk #bciza @hdr_inc. @STVGroup