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From the latest Construction Alert: overnight work "may be required" (you are warned)

According to the latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning June 5 and circulated yesterday afternoon (lead time, unusually so) by Empire State Development after preparation by Greenland Forest City Partners, contains a small but potentially significant acknowledgement.

"Overnight work in the [sic] may be required during this reporting period," it states, regarding to work on the Vanderbilt Yard West Portal around the intersection of Atlantic and Sixth avenues, which is behind MPT, or street enclosures known as Maintenance and Protection of Traffic.

Unmentioned is how disruptive that might be. Two weeks ago, two project neighbors reported noisy, disruptive night work going on at the West Portal site, with jackhammering and klieg lights at the southeast corner of Atlantic and Sixth/South Portland avenues. This could be overnight work.

When I queried Empire State Development about that work two weeks ago, I was told that it was shifted because of a last-minute request from the Long Island Rail Road, so it wouldn't conflict with train operations. I wasn't told why there was no notice.

I also was told that appropriate measures would be taken to minimize neighborhood impacts. We'll see, but that not-so-carefully worded announcement is not a good start.

Work on the railyard

Drilling of foundation piles in the area of B7, which was supposed to start in the last two-week period, instead will start this time.

Similarly, work to relocate the site access ramp to the railyard to the western end of the block, which might have started in the past two weeks, is expected to start.

Saturday and after-hours work

As in previous weeks, Saturday work could occur at B11 (550 Vanderbilt), B12 (615 Dean), and B14 (535 Carlton). Then again, pretty much nothing has been happening at B12. No weekend work is predicted at the arena block.

In the railyard, weekday foundation pile installation in the area of the B5 site may extend work hours up to 5:30 pm and may occur on Saturdays.

Also, ongoing testing for the new LIRR substation may extend weekday work hours up to 7 pm and may require work on Saturday and Sunday.

The demolition that hasn't happened

As stated in the past 26 construction updates, demolition at Block 1120, the railyard block between Sixth and Carlton avenues, could commence upon receipt of Department of Buildings and Department of Transportation permits. A community notice will be distributed. Maybe it's not actually going to happen.

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