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From the latest Construction Update: sussing out "new" vs. "continued" work

The latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning Monday, April 1, was circulated at 10:15 am yesterday (late) by Empire State Development (ESD) after preparation by Greenland Forest City Partners.

There's not much new from the previous update, but the new document is confounding in a few places, indicating, in red type, new work that in some cases is not actually new or is said to "continue" after not being previously announced.

Work at the railyard

At the Vanderbilt Yard, Blocks 1120 & 1121, the following work was marked as new, but also said to "continue," which implies it had already started, without being announced in a previous update:
  • Contractor will continue grading ballast and installing ties and rails for permanent Drill Track and Storage Track 3 during this reporting period.
  • Contractor will continue installing elevator and pedestrian bridge access adjacent to the Carlton Avenue and Pacific Street intersection in this reporting period.
Similarly, at the railyard's East Portal, at Atlantic and Vanderbilt avenues, other work, while marked as new, was said to "continue":
  • Contractor will continue installing deck support, formwork and concrete for East Portal/Atlantic Avenue deck during this reporting period.
At the railyard, some night/weekend work is in red, thus marked as new, but in the previous update was marked as new, which suggests the start was delayed, or the preparer was sloppy:
  • Drill Track Enclosure will begin during this reporting period during weekend (Saturday daytime) hours only. Work activities to follow typical Railyard mitigation practices.
Also sloppy is the notation of work that's "expected to continue through March," since we're now in April:
  • LIRR may be utilizing portions of the yard lighting near the Atlantic Avenue LIRR Access Ramp and Block 1121 for security reasons. This is expected to continue through March.
Demolition work

Similarly, description of demolition at Block 1120, the two buildings that "bump" into the railyard from Atlantic Avenue east of Sixth Avenue, is confusing, because some text is marked as new but was in the previous alert:
  • The 728 Atlantic Avenue Building demolition is completed. The abatement work of the 700 Atlantic Avenue Building is completed, and the hand demolition is scheduled to start during this reporting period.
Work beginning on a tower

One example of updated information involves excavation and foundation construction work at the B15 site, between Dean and Pacific streets just opposite the arena block.

While the work was announced in the previous update, the additional text "Appropriate dust and noise mitigation measures are in place" is new.

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