Some steps directed to addressing the rodent problem are underway; in the meantime stories in the press continue
Forest City Ratner Company will begin its distribution of garbage cans with lids to local residents this week. The BrooklynPaper reports 172 Rubbermaid wheeled cans will be distributed at a cost to FCRC of $32 each. At the last District Service Cabinet FCRC also said they would add 16 new trash receptacles to the construction site for worker's food waste, and add four new workers to empty those receptacles regularly and do a limited perimeter sweep. In addition contractors have apparently added between 180 to 220 bait traps inside the construction site.
Based on regular observation, the construction site is generally cleaner than before attention was drawn to the rodent problem, such as when this linked photo portrait was taken June 21st. But garbage can still be found in the 22 acre footprint of the project. The photo below from August 4th shows trash including food waste located mostly inside the railyard work area just east of the 6th Avenue Bridge.
Nine violations by trucks of the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments, Barclays Center Truck Rules and Requirements and/or NYC law are documented today before noon
Nine violations by trucks of the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments, Barclays Center Truck Rules and Requirements, and/or NYC law were documented before noon today. The filer was stationary and only captured those incidents within the visual range of his/her location. The times below are from the incident reports.
1). 5:50 am
A flatbed truck delivering steel idles under the windows of Newswalk's residences on Pacific Street between Carlton and 6th Avenues. The Barclays Center truck rules require trucks to wait on Pacific Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt and advance under the guidance of a flagger at Carlton and Pacific Street. They are not allowed to wait in this location.
The report states the truck idled for over an hour and that the driver ignored a request to move from a resident. The photo below apparently shows an Atlantic Yards worker documenting the truck with a cell phone camera.
In the last two weeks, this website has received incident reports related to adverse impacts on air quality from mechanical demolition, loading of trucks without spraying, an uncovered pile -- one of a number -- on site, jackhammering of a retaining wall, idling trucks, and now again from the Casagrande drill.
The use of Casagrande drills have instigated complaints from nearby residents related to noise, vibrations and air quality. After striking video documentation of dust spewing from the drill was sent to ESD in April, the drill was apparently modified. In June, mud spewed from the drill injuring two pedestrians outside the construction site and damaging seven cars.
Today, one of the drills released what appears to be smoke into the air. The two videos below were submitted with an incident report which identifies the incident as occurring at 9:23 this morning.
ESDC's new process to crack down on errant truckers that began last Friday isn't enforced or simply ignored by FCR Atlantic yard
ESDC's new process to crack down on errant truckers that began last Friday isn't enforced or simply ignored, uncovered dump trucks delivering gravel to arena site are uncovered. Two (2) dump trucks 1 red & 1 white within minutes of each other drive to the arena uncovered on public street.
FCRC to offer free lidded garbage cans to a set of residents near the project footprint; a rodent forum is scheduled for August 17th
Forest City Ratner Companies is to provide lidded garbage cans to tenants, property owners, and superintendents of buildings near Atlantic Yards. The area the cans will be provided extends from the south side of Atlantic Avenue to the south side of Bergen Street, and from the east side of Vanderbilt Avenue to the east side of 4th Avenue. Only buildings with 12 units or less are eligible.
The map below shows the distribution area which is located largely to the south of the project. The "pick up site" for the free cans is Forest City Ratner's Community Liaison Office.
In addition, Empire State Development and the New York City Departments of Health and Sanitation will host an educational forum at the Pacific Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Wednesday, August 17th from 6-8 pm. At the forum experts will offer strategies for rodent prevention and answer questions.
The distribution of free garbage cans was first proposed by FCRC at the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet July 14th following community complaints and press reports about problems with rodents in the vicinity of project construction. The cans are one component of a multifaceted approach to reducing the rodent population outside the project footprint. Along with encouraging prevention inside the project footprint, the Departments of Health and Sanitation will be inspecting the community to identify existing problems.
another lost arena delivery truck, when trucker drove thru Pacific St bet 6th Ave & Carlton Ave the 1st time why didn't the flagger @ Carlton Ave & Pacific St give proper directions/instructions to entrance location they were looking for?
Atlantic Yards - delivery truck uses Dean St & Carlton Ave instead of official FCR staging area
Atlantic Yards - Dump trucks using Clermont St but Clermont St not truck route [Again not isolated incidents]
Atlantic Yards - Dump trucks using Clermont Street but Clermont St not truck route
see: other incident report(s)
Note: Aug 4th 2011 http://atlanticyardswatch.net/node/203
Atlantic Yards - steel delivery after 10 pm - extreme noise
As trucks continue to violate Atlantic Yards environmental commitments and NYC law, signs emerge that methods for coordinating trucks are changing
Construction trucks at the Atlantic Yards construction site have repeatedly violated the Amended Memorandum of Environmental Commitments, Barclays Center Truck Rules and Requirements and NYC law. Clarification of truck routes and enforcement were on the Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet agenda July 14th, but the meeting ended before the subject was covered.
Since Saturday July 30th, this website has received ten more incident reports, (all public here), related either to trucks driving the wrong route, driving against traffic, waiting in travel lanes or bus stops, leaving the construction site uncovered, or idling. Among the streets documented on this website impacted by insufficient coordination of delivery trailers and trucks are Atlantic Avenue, Pacific Street between Carlton and 6th Avenues, Carlton Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets, Dean Street, South Portland Avenue, and Clermont Avenue.
The photo above shows cement trucks with mud covered wheels adjusting their positions inside the arena block by shutting traffic down on Atlantic Avenue. The picture below shows a dump truck likely associated with Carlton Avenue Bridge work because it originated at the railyard entrance on Atlantic Avenue near Carlton, turning down Clermont Avenue. Clermont Avenue is not a designated truck route.