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Video shows late night staging and noise at B12 site, undisclosed in alert

If you look at the latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Alert, track work at the railyard was supposed to begin Friday night. But that's the railyard, which has demapped Pacific Street for staging at the eastern end.

Apparently that wasn't enough, according to an incident report posted yesterday morning by Dean Street resident Peter Krashes on (the now-rarely-used) Atlantic Yards Watch, Apparently undisclosed construction LIRR staging and idling in the early morning and without noise attenuation -- B12 lot [B12 is on the north side of Dean Street, just west of 550 Vanderbilt] :
Last night and early this morning LIRR used the B12 site as construction staging and trucks appeared to be using the site to wait. The construction alert states the LIRR work taking place this weekend late at night "will be done inside the yard."
The link to the four minute video here (higher quality video available on request) shows a truck idling for the duration, and the entire lot being used for construction staging. It is filmed at 1 am.

As far as I can tell there was no notice in the relevant construction alerts for the B12 site being used for construction staging -- never mind in the early morning. There is no noise attenuation facing Dean Street for the B12 lot. It is only separated from the street by a chain link fence. The idling is filmed lasting more than 3 minutes (MEC requirement N.d.vii, also NYC law). The MEC also states FCRC (who are they in relation to the project?) will maintain sufficient staff to patrol the Project site regularly to check for non-compliance of idling and/or queing, (MEC N7.i), limit all unnecessary idling, and enforce idling limits, (MEC, N.f).

Specifically, what resources (and from whom), does the state have to research the information in this report?

Why hasn't the MTA, despite repeated requests, been brought to a public meeting (Quality of Life meeting, AYCDC board meeting), by ESD execs in years?
Indeed, the references to the MEC, or Memorandum of Environmental Commitments, suggest some protocols are being ignored. it's the kind of thing that requires not just on-site oversight, but a real-time response when concerns are raised, rather than a report back at a later Quality of Life meeting.

(FCRC, by the way, refers to Forest City Ratner Companies or its affiliates, so I think the current joint venture, Greenland Forest City Partners, qualifies.)



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