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A confusing, unauthorized sign for "No Parking" on Dean Street? It's apparently the work of an overzealous contractor at B12/B13 site.

This is the second of four posts about the July 13, 2021 Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Quality of Life meeting. The first noted no updates on big questions regarding the project and episodes of obfuscation and non-transparency. The third concerned some Barclays Center issues. The fourth cited pending questions. The presentation is at bottom.

(Update: the work has been announced to start July 20.)

Signs emerged July 13 on the south side of Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues announcing "No Parking," but without any explanation, any entity requesting it, and any time frame. That prompted questions before the meeting, and during it.

The upshot: the state and the developer were initially unaware of a subcontractor's overreach, and it's unclear if any penalty will be imposed.
Faced with a question about the signs, Tobi Jaiyesimi, of meeting host Empire State Development, first said that she didn't have any additional information. "I checked in with the development team and they have not heard of any such changes to the parking regulations."

Updating the info

Later in the meeting, she was told during the chat that a contractor for the B12/B13 (615 Dean St. & 595 Dean St.) sites being developed by TF Cornerstone stated that it was related to the installation of a sidewalk shed on the north side of the street.

Amir Stein, representing TF Cornerstone, said he wasn't aware of it, but he'd check.

Isn't it a violation to post unauthorized "No Parking" signs, Jaiyesimi was asked. "I believe so," she said Jaiyesimi, but "we're not aware of any such signs being posted. And we're not entirely sure if it's related to the project."

Soon Stein returned to the virtual meeting, after talking with a construction supervisor for the site. The sidewalk shed "is not going to displace parking on Dean Street tomorrow," he said. "I'm sorry if there was misinformation spread by one of the subcontractors. But I think that next week we will commence the erection of the sidewalk shed, in which there may be a temporary displacement of anywhere between two to five parking spaces at a time, but it will not be a wholesale discontinuation of parking along the street. So I hope that clears up your question."

"I think the subcontractor was just overly zealous and may not have followed the appropriate protocols," Jaiyesimi followed up, "but we will look into that and ensure that the correct information is shared with community."

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