Skip to main content

Featured Post

Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park graphic: what's built/what's coming + FAQ (pinned post)

From the latest Construction Update: overnight work, hand demolition, and retail fit-out work

The latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning Monday, April 15, was circulated at 2:02 pm 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 document did offer an alert with very short notice: "Hand Excavation for Signal Relocation work scheduled to occur during overnight hours on 4/15 in a localized area in the Southern B8 footprint." That's just east of Carlton Avenue, near Pacific Street.

Also new will be retail fit-out work starting at the B3 tower, 38 Sixth Avenue, and hand demolition of 700 Atlantic Avenue, a building that "bumps" into the western block of the railyard.

A bit confounding

As with some previous documents, the new document is confounding in a few places, failing to indicate work as new, even though it didn't appear in the previous update, and repeating this line about night/weekend work:
● 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.
Hello, it's April. Does anyone read this stuff?

A few changes

At the railyard:
● Contractor to continue backfilling between Pacific Street Retaining Wall and Pacific Street SOE and Vanderbilt Avenue Retaining Wall and Vanderbilt Avenue in Block 1121.
That's the center of the eastern end of the project, just north of the B14 tower, 550 Vanderbilt Avenue. The previous alert referred only to the Pacific Street Retaining Wall, so the above should've been marked as new.

Also, in the east end of the Vanderbilt Yard, at Atlantic and Vanderbilt avenues:
● Foundation and Retaining Wall construction in the East Portal footprint will continue during this reporting period.
The previous alert referred only to foundation construction, so the latter should've been marked as new.

Regarding after-hours work at the railyard:
● Weekend (Saturday daytime) electrical utility installations are expected to continue in the yard during this reporting period.
Previously it was just "daytime," leaving open the possibility of Sunday work.

At the B4 site at the northeast corner of the arena block, near Sixth and Atlantic avenues:
● Drill Track Enclosure Foundation construction acceleration will continue this period during weekend (Saturday daytime) hours only. Work activities to follow typical Railyard mitigation practices.
This was not marked as new, but it previously was not described as acceleration.