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Impacts related to the presence of workers, vehicles, barriers, and infrastructure associated with demolition, excavation, and construction work being performed at the site.

2012-08-08 more of arena construction workers blocking sidewalk, father, baby pram & pedestrians forced into traffic lanes

620 Atlantic Ave - 6th Ave bet Dean St & Pacific St
August 8, 2012 - 7:28am

2012-08-08 Father, baby pram & pedestrians forced into traffic lanes by arena construction workers blocking sidewalk
Father pushing baby pram & pedestrians (with back to traffic so they can’t see traffic coming at them) again forced into traffic lanes by arena construction workers blocking the entire sidewalk. The west side of 6th between Dean St & Pacific is closed. The supervisor just stands there & takes pictures of photographer instead of tending to the safety of residents.
Previous & continued disregard for pedestrian safety.

2012-08-08 construction damages traffic & light pole - no flaggers cause children to walk in traffic busy 6th Ave

620 Atlantic Ave various locations - 6th Ave & Pacific St
August 8, 2012 - 4:33pm

Arena construction truck damages traffic signal/light pole @ NE corner of 6th Ave & Pacific St; construction workers put yellow tape around area & closed off sidewalk but doesn’t have a flagger to help children/pedestrians maneuver around the dangerous situation; pedestrians had to walk into the street into traffic. Officers from the 78th helped the residents by communicating with the unresponsive arena personnel to make the area safer.

Hammering and Sawing at midnight on a weekend

Barclays Center site
July 5, 2012 - 11:14pm

Loud hammering, sawing, welding, yelling, and all sorts of incredibly loud noise. Did not even start until 10.30 PM, so this isn't them working late to finish something, this is them deciding to start working very late at night. In a time of year when residents (and this is a heavily residential neighborhood) have their windows open, they should not be performing heavy and loud construction at almost midnight. They're still going strong at 11.30 PM, with no end in sight.

Study finds many problems remain after years of reports showing noncompliance with environmental commitments were submitted to ESDC

An analysis of documents submitted by the environmental consultant HDR retained by ESDC to monitor compliance with Atlantic Yards' noise and air quality protocols has found that the agency has been advised of significant areas of non-compliance on an ongoing basis since construction began in 2010. The analysis is contained in a report prepared for AYW by Sandstone Environmental Associates of Metuchen, NJ. Sandstone also found that some air and noise mitigations originally planned were likely inadequate, several planned mitigations were implemented late or not at all, and others that had been implemented unevenly were not being enforced either by FCRC, ESDC or City agencies.  

Among specific examples are the following:

  • Dust suppression protocols are often violated. Too few air quality monitors are being used given the scale of the site, and those that have been deployed are not used during extended hours construction.
  • The 3/4" plywood being used for construction fencing does not have sufficient noise attenuation properties to shield nearby residences.
  • The model of double-pane windows offered as a noise mitigation for nearby buildings may not have an attentuation rating sufficient to insulate residences from construction noise.
  • Construction equipment that did not meet the project's stated air quality standards has been allowed to remain in service on the site for months while compliant equipment was waiting to be received.
  • The ConEd power grid required for use of electrical, rather than diesel, equipment and generators was installed more than ten months late after construction activity had peaked, and then was largely not utilized by contractors.
  • Use of unauthorized truck routes by contractors is pervasive, with little or no enforcement by ESDC and the City.
  • Extended hours and nighttime construction work is routinely scheduled much more frequently than disclosed and committed in Atlantic Yards' Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

2012-07-02 Barclays construction workers make pedestrians some with children walk thru active excavation equipment area

620 Atlantic Ave - 6th Ave bet Dean St & Pacific St
July 2, 2012 - 2:59pm

BOTH sides of 6th Ave sidewalks between Pacific St & Dean St are now blocked with NO PRIOR notice to the community that the east side was also blocked. What appears to be the job site supervisor or foreman is more interested in taking pictures of photographer than flagging, minding or assisting mothers with children, the elderly & other pedestrian’s safely thru an active construction excavating area.

Block 1129 piles left uncovered, not watered since Wednesday 6/27

Block 1129
July 1, 2012 - 10:41am

ESDC please take note:

2012-06-21 on 6/15 DOB orders stop work on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks, but FCR doesn’t??

620 Atlantic Ave - block 1129 from 6th Ave ~ 1129 onPacific
June 21, 2012 - 4:51pm

2012-06-21 on 6/15 DOB orders stop work on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks, but FCR doesn’t??
The DOB stop work order on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks, but FCR doesn’t appear to stop because they were still working on tanks on 2012-06-19 5 days later.
2012-06-19 Video shows working on Barclays Center parking lot detention tanks

Unapproved work on block 1129

Block 1129
June 15, 2012 - 1:10pm

Work that appears to be unapproved is taking place on block 1129.  What appear to be retaining tanks for the detention system have been installed.  Excavation has taken place.  The detention system is shown as being "disapproved" on the DOB website.
Impactful work has taken place causing vibrations.  A hoe ram has been used.  Large stones have been dropped in containers.
A selection of photos has been submitted to the Department of Buildings.  

DOB orders stop work on Barclays Center parking lot

Update June 18:  DOB has amended the full stop work order on the site to allow the approved work of grading and removal of minor construction debris.  Since the installation of the retaining tanks has not been approved yet, the stop work order will remain in place for that work. We will post further information when it is provided.

The Department of Buildings has issued a stop work order for construction on block 1129.  The stop work order is dated June 15th and describes the violations as "various."  The address cited is 583 Dean Street, which is the address under which FCRC has submitted the plans for the surface parking lot on block 1129.  The order states the work on the "full site" is to be stopped "except to make site safe."  

Community members have complained about the work on the block 1129 for multiple reasons, most seriously recently for vibrations on buildings in the historic district along Carlton Avenue.  Several incident reports from that area have been filed on this website about vibrations over the last several weeks, including a ceiling collapse.

The only work currently approved in relation to the implementation of the lot is grading and minor removal of construction debris.  The plans for the detention system to be used for handling the storm water runoff from the lot and the plans for the lot including fencing are listed as "disapproved" on the DOB website.

The work on the lot for the last month has appeared to exceed the scope and impact of the approved work.  This week excavations at least 20 feet deep were made.  What appears to be tanks for the detention system have been placed along Carlton Avenue.

2012-06-13 6th Ave between Atlantic Ave & Dean St closed @ various times since 6-12 - no advance notice to community

620 Atlantic Ave - 6th Ave bet Dean St & Atlantic Ave
June 13, 2012 - 11:06am