In the spring of 2012, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, a sponsor of Atlantic Yards Watch, commissioned a review of Atlantic Yards’ compliance with its stated environmental commitments, which was conducted by Sandstone Environmental Associates of Metuchen, NJ. In addition to reviewing hundreds of incident reports submitted to AYW by community members during arena construction, Sandstone analyzed internal reports produced by Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) environmental monitor, Henningson, Durham & Richardson Architecture and Engineering, P.C. (HDR). Sandstone’s final report documented significant issues of noncompliance with Atlantic Yards’ environmental commitments on the part of Forest City Ratner Companies and its contractors during arena construction, and made recommendations for improvements to be introduced in future phases of construction.
The Sandstone report received little acknowledgement by ESDC when it was published in July 2012. However, the report’s findings and recommendations were incorporated into the BrooklynSpeaks coalition’s response to the Draft Scope of Work for the Atlantic Yards Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) in March 2013, and were also referenced in the group’s comments on the Draft SEIS (DSEIS) submitted in May 2014.
A review of the Final SEIS (FSEIS), released in June 2014, shows that ESDC and FCRC have adopted modifications of the Atlantic Yards construction mitigation and monitoring programs for future construction at the site. Although some of the changes appeared in the DSEIS, significant additions were made between the DSEIS and the FSEIS. Here is an outline of changes to the project’s monitoring protocols that parallel recommendations made by Sandstone and comments from community organizations.
2014-09-10 Barclays 3 ea 18 wheeler illegally park on 6th Ave 1 parking on wrong side of street facing SB on NB side of 6th Ave; could be a issues with fire trucks egress.
2014-09-08 18 wheeler tractor trailer Tully on WB on Bergen then N on Carlton not a truck route get stuck
Tully 18 wheel tractor trailer delivering concrete barriers uses “not truck routs” on WB Bergen then NB Carlton has issues even making turn then can't maneuver because Carlton has chronic alt side double parking MTTF, so driver blares air horn! Then parks on Carlton Ave bridge, then make loop back to WB Pacific then NB On 6th to unload on Atlantic Ave.
2014-08-30 many Barclays 18 wheelers not staged, idle, park in red no standing & blocks 6th Ave Bridge
Barclays load in 18 wheelers on Dean St bet 6th Ave & Carlton Ave (no trucks allowed), 2 block & parks on 6th Ave bridge, idles & parking in red no standing @ 5:45am.
2014-08-29 18 wheeler was 'crusing' trying to find Barclays, traveling North on Flatbush can make right turn on Dean to Barclays dock causing traffic jam @ 4pm
2014-08-30 1st 18 wheeler parking on 6th Ave bridge around 10am
At 5:45am Barclays 18 wheeler idles in red no standing zone next to residential building, the supervisor @ Barclays security said they would move the rig as of 6:45 am it has not moved.
Constant loud noise of the generator running for hours and polluting the air.
2014-06-27 rail yard work begins around 6am not 7am – dumping boulders and loud hammering
2014 06 27 overnight on 'test pit' for AY rail yard no notice & not on 2 week look ahead & no permit
Whether from deliveries, or from construction work itself, the back-up alarm for construction vehicles are getting triggered early in the morning on block 1129 and Pacific Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt. The back-up alarm cuts right through good quality double paned windows.
There is no notice in the construction alerts of work occurring outside of normal construction hours in this location. A recent supplemental construction alert gives notice of after hours work at Atlantic and 6th.
A video can be found here shot through a closed window:
Seven Wrestlemania buses are parked along the Dean Street fence in the Barclays Center parking lot. When I walked by at 11:50 a good number of them ( I couldn't tell how many) were idling. The smell of exhaust was palpable on the sidewalk.
A video of one of the buses idling for more than 3 minutes can be found here:
A photo is also attached.