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

Community Liaison Office moving to 550 Vanderbilt retail space; no update on Site 5

This is the fifth of several articles based on the 9/17/19 Quality of Life meeting, hosted by Empire State Development (ESD), the state authority overseeing and shepherding the project. The first concerned plans for the school. The second concerned questions about the timing of the platform. The third concerned work that was not previewed in the two-week Construction Update. The fourth concerned hazardous conditions for pedestrians on Sixth Avenue. 

Tobi Jaiyesimi, Atlantic Yards project director for ESD, and also the executive director of the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, provided a few more project updates.

First, because the trailers at the B12 and B13 sites, on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues, are being removed for expected construction beginning early next year, there will no longer be a trailer housing the project's Community Liaison Office. 

Below is the standard boilerplate from the two-week Construction Updates:
How to Reach Pacific Park Brooklyn Community Liaison Office (CLO)

The Community Liaison Office is located at 591 Dean Street. Visitors seeking the office should enter through the gate on Dean Street. The CLO’s hours are M-F from 9am – 4pm and can be reached by phone at 866-923-5315 and by email at
She said the office is expected to move into now-vacant retail space at the 550 Vanderbilt condo building, given that one announced tenant, Eladia's Kids, will not be coming.

While that is certainly useful for residents, it's not bringing in revenue for the building. Somewhat similarly, retail space at the 38 Sixth rental building is being used as a field office for construction work nearby.

The railyard

Jaiyesimi said the revamped Vanderbilt Yard "is very much at substantial completion," but punch list items remain.

There's a difference, as I've pointed out, between claimed completion by the developer and completion as accepted by the Long Island Rail Road.

Site 5 plans

Also, she had no update on plans for Site 5, now home to P.C. Richard and Modell's, where a giant, two-tower complex has been contemplated since at least 2016.

The developer's plan to transfer bulk from the unbuilt B1 tower across Flatbush Avenue would require a modification to the project's plans and public hearings.

B4 progress

As of now, the base of both the B4 (18 Sixth Avenue) and B15 (664 or 662 Pacific Street) towers is under construction. Jaiyesimi said, regarding B4, "we expect the superstructure to commence by early December."

In other words, without having to build a school in the cellar, it will be easier to start going vertical.

The school, and the playground

Jaiyesimi asked if the middle school at B15 would be using the Dean Street playground down the block. Given that the school will have two internal play areas, she said "that would minimize" the impact of potential usage of the playground.

That said, even if the playground is not programmed for school usage, it's easy to think some students might be visiting it.