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

Foundation work for B12/B13 towers to start in two weeks; no details on B5 timing; (almost) no redesign for covid-19

This is the second of several posts on the 6/9/20 Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Quality of Life meeting, the first ever virtual meeting, held on Zoom. The first concerned non-transparency. The third concerned neighborhood checkpoints.

Foundation work for the B12 (615 Dean Street) and B13 (595 Dean Street) towers should start in the next two weeks, starting a three-year overall construction period, said Amir Stein of TF Cornerstone, the developer.

He said trucks would be entering the site on Pacific Street from Vanderbilt Avenue and stage at the north end of the parcels. They would then exit Pacific on Carlton Avenue and go north. (See slide at bottom.) "We do not plan on having any deliveries whatsover" on residential Dean Street.

A construction fence on Pacific Street is being completed, and a similar fence will begin this week or next. After that, foundation work can start.

He said construction was expected to start between 7-7:30 am and concluded by 3 pm. He said he had no information yet on the contours of affordable housing: 25% of the 798 units are expected to be affordable.

No details on B5 timing

B5 highlighted with arrow
Last month, Greenland Forest City Partners filed permits for the B5 tower (698 Atlantic Avenue), the first over the Vanderbilt Yard.

But there's no date for construction, said Scott Solish of Greenland USA last night, indicating that the filing of permits "starts a lengthy review."

They're working with the Long Island Rail Road regarding the design and approval of the platform over the Vanderbilt Yard, Solish said. B5 would be built "in conjunction" with the platform, he said.

He offered no timetable for either the tower or the platform, or whether a contractor had been signed for the latter.

No redesign for covid-19

Asked if the B12/B13 project--which includes a below-grade fitness center and fieldhouse--was being redesigned for the coronavirus crisis, Stein said no. "We do not plan on redesigning the building," he said. "We are hopeful there will be a vaccine and this will be resolved by the time buildings are open."

Solish similarly said there are no "major design changes" planned in ongoing construction, which I assume referenced the B4 tower, 18 Sixth Avenue. "We are making some minor tweaks, like automated hand-washing stations in some of the amenity spaces, but nothing significant."

There was no representative of The Brodsky Organization, which is building B15 (37 Sixth Ave., 662-664 Pacific Street), which includes a middle school.

Nothing about Site 5

Neither I nor anyone else posed questions about the stalled plans for Site 5, including eminent domain, a state-approved shift of bulk from the unbuilt B1 tower, and a plan for office space that seems undermined by the coronavirus crisis.

And they didn't offer anything, either.