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

Latest six-month look-ahead still maintains fuzzy prediction: "Platform construction may commence."

There's still no update yet regarding the next key stage of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park: whether and when the platform over the Vanderbilt Yard, to be constructed in two stages and support three towers each, will be built. 

That platform is crucial to the project's affordable housing obligations, as well as the future open space, and the absence of such housing could be costly.

The latest iteration of the required six-month look-ahead (bottom) required of master developer Greenland Forest City Partners, again says--as in November 2020 and May 2021--that "Platform construction may commence during the reporting period." The workforce would average 50 to 100 workers.

That refers to the western block of the railyard, Block 1120, between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues. The eastern block would start years later.

The document does not mention the possibility of starting construction on B5, 700 Atlantic Avenue, the first tower over the platform, but work on that project continues, as I wrote.

(I received the latest document, dated 12/8/21, from Empire State Development, which oversees/shepherds the project, after a Freedom of Information Law request.)

Previous predictions, looming deadline

In May 2020, a previous look-ahead stated, with unreliable certainty, that the construction "will commence." Greenland USA's Scott Solish said 12/10/20 that, while they had a contractor to work on the platform, they had no timetable to start, given discussions about coordination with the Long Island Rail Road.

Greenland, in a New York Post article 9/30/19 headlined Brooklyn’s Pacific Park moves to fast track, had claimed it would start the first of two platform segments in 2020. 

At least two and perhaps three towers are required to deliver 876 more units of affordable housing--albeit with a broad definition of "affordable"--by a 5/31/25 deadline. That would mean 2,250 units total.

If that deadline isn't met, that would cost the developer $2,000/month for each missing unit. It's possible--as I've speculated--that the project at Site 5 might be used to meet (and/or renegotiate) the housing obligation. 

But Empire State Development, the state authority that oversees/shepherds the project, has been notably uncurious about how exactly the deadline might be met.

At B12/B13

On the southeast block, the document lists ongoing work at B12/B13 (615 Dean St, & 595 Dean St.), being built by TF Cornerstone. The buildings have topped out, on the project's southeast block, and are expected to be finished by mid-2023.

The workforce on the B12/ B13 site is expected to average between 275 and 425 workers. 

B4: slightly faster

The document states that interior construction at B4 (aka Brooklyn Crossing, 18 Sixth Ave.) is ongoing and completion of the project is anticipated in Q3 2022. The previous six-month look-ahead said Q4 2022, so apparently the after-hours construction has paid off.

The workforce on the B12/ B13 site is expected to average about 200 workers. 

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