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From the latest Construction Update: platform work finally expected to start, pending permits. Fence coming around first railyard block?

The latest Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Construction Update (bottom), covering the two weeks beginning Monday, June 13, was circulated Friday at 1:29 pm (lead time) by Empire State Development (ESD) after preparation by Greenland Forest City Partners (GFCP), which is dominated by Greenland USA.

And the next stage of platform work--at least the preparatory stages, putting up a fence and eliminating parking--is finally expected to start. That's a contrast from the previous Update.

As indicated in red in the document at bottom, the developers believe that pending receipt of necessary permits, platform MPT (maintenance and preservation of traffic) mobilization and setup will begin at the street level around Block 1120, which is bounded by Sixth and Carlton avenues, and Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Below is an image of the expected fencing around that block, from a presentation at the recent Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation meeting.

Page 11 of AYCDC-Meeting-Project-Update June 7, 2022
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Note that the developers believe, as I'll explain in a separate article tomorrow, that previous work to install footings for the platform, which will ultimately support three towers, should qualify the first of those towers, B5 (700 Atlantic Ave.) for 421-a benefits. So no additional work is required this week.

Foundation work must start by June 15, and the building must be finished by June 15, 2026. That's a crucial part of the building's bottom line, because the current 421-a program delivers tax breaks while requiring "affordable housing" aimed only at middle-income households, earning 130% of Area Median Income, or AMI.

Utility work pending/continuing/completed

Also, utility work is both continuing and pending at the southeast block of the site. As previously predicted multiple times, Con Ed may be on site to install interconnection feeder cables between vaults. 

RCN is yet again expected to pull new fiber optic cables on Dean Street, but the exact start time/date and duration for this work has not yet been confirmed. Verizon and Altice have already installed new cables, but will advise if any additional work is required.

Also in red in the document, though curiously enough not predicted in the previous Construction Update, National Grid has completed installation of a new high pressure gas main pipe on Dean St. The gas piping is beneath the sidewalk on Carlton Ave. between Pacific and Dean streets and is beneath the sidewalk for a portion of Dean Street. 

The sidewalk restoration work has not been completed and a start date for this work has not yet been confirmed by National Grid. The final piping connection to the building (B13, 595 Dean St.) has not been completed and this work has not yet been scheduled by National Grid. That work should take one to two days. and may reduce parking.

After-hours work continues; some claims fuzzy 

Regarding after-hours work at B4 (18 Sixth Ave.), the Construction Update accurately lists weekday work 5 am to 10 pm. Saturday work is listed accurately as 9 am to 5 pm. Sunday work can be the same hours, but there are no after-hours variances yet.

Regarding after-hours work at B12 & B13 on the southeast block, the document accurately says there's variance for work to start at 6 am on weekdays. It also says "Saturday work from 9 AM – 5 PM will continue."

There are no current variances for Saturday work listed, but the most recent ones, on 6/4/22 and 6/11/22, continued a pattern: it was for work until 5:30 pm, not 5 pm. They--GFCP and site developer TF Cornerstone--just don't care about getting it right; nor does ESD check.