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truck parking

Location: 
Pacific St btwn Vanderbilt & Underhill
When: 
June 13, 2011 - 8:05am

IMPACTS: air quality... neighborhood character... noise... parking violation... sanitation... traffic...

18 wheeler loaded with 20 bags of special mix - NY License Plate # AT53794

Brook cab - medford NJ 631 924-1800

left engine running about 1/2 hour while illegally parked on the north side of the street (i. e. 8:30 - 10:00 AM)

departed directly across into the AY construction site - approx. 9:45 AM - based on radio contact with some dispatcher

the driver indicated he had, but did not show, a "construction" permit to be there

Bringing concerned groups together

How can/will Brooklyn Speaks, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn and other community groups work better together? Various agendas risk undermining the unity needed to make the best of this difficult situation.

Atlantic Yards Ombudsman Forrest Taylor leaves his post

Atlantic Yards Ombudsman Forrest Taylor has left the ESDC for a job at New York State Homes and Community Renewal, (HCR).  Will the ESDC simply refill his seat, or will they reform oversight to improve the way they address impacts from the project?

Forrest Taylor was personally liked by community leaders, who found him sincerely interested in resolving problems.  But Mr. Taylor's position was a difficult one. He was an advocate for the community within an oversight structure that is not transparent and lacks the staff and independent board of other ESDC projects smaller than Atlantic Yards.  Until the appointment of Project Director Arana Hankin in the fall of 2010,  Taylor was the only public employee ever to work full-time on the project. And in an agency that has had six leaders under four governors since Atlantic Yards was announced, Mr. Taylor’s three and a half years with the project represents an unusual example of continuity.

Mr. Taylor's potential often seemed constrained by his situation because his position had little authority or decision-making capacity within the ESDC.   Despite his availability, he was often frustrated by his inability to resolve problems in a way that was satisfactory to the community.  In October 2009, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries stated " ... the ombudsman system ... is nonfunctional because the higher-ups at ESDC aren't interested in empowering the ombudsman in a manner that would benefit the community."

Two Atlantic Yards related meetings this week

Following the meeting by BrooklynSpeaks about Atlantic Yards governance on Saturday, there are two more Project related meetings as detailed from their announcements this week:

1).  Forum:  Sam Schwartz Traffic Mitigation Plan

Tuesday, June 14 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, (209 Joralemon Street), from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

The public is invited to a fourm sponsored by Empire State Development Coroporation and Community Boards 2, 6, and 8 to discuss the Sam Schwartz traffic mitigation plan that will begin to be implemented July 24th and will be complete before the anticipated opening of the Barclays Center in the fall of 2012.

There will be a presentation detailing the changes and the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

2).  Unity 4 Community Meeting -- We Can Do Better Than Than an Arena, A Big Parking Lot

Wednesday, June 15 at Atlantic Commons, (388 Atlantic Avenue between Hoyt and Bond), at 7:00 pm

The meeting will include a presentation by UNITY Plan designers and architects Marshall Brown and Ron Shiffman, a discussion of the current and future status of the site and Q &A with a panel including elected officials.    Your ideas, thoughts and input will be invaluable to the meeting.

The meeting is sponsored by Assemblyman James Brennan, Senator Bill Perkins, Senator Eric Adams, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Councilmember Letitia James, Councilmember Brad Lander, Councilmember Stephen Levin, District Leader Chris Owens, Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Park Slope Neighbors, Park Slope Greens, Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance, Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform, Park Slope Civic Council, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats

Shaking Bldg--Ward Collapse

Location: 
626 Dean
When: 
April 27, 2007 - 7:41pm

compliant number is #3223420. April 27, 2007 > building shaking, structural integrity >