It’s been a while since we’ve looked in on the Atlantic Yards project. Luckily, Norman Oder of the Atlantic Yards Report has been keeping vigilant watch over the goings-on at the site. Here’s a quick update:
–The people still living in the project’s footprint, on Dean Street between Flatbush and Sixth Avenues, have been experiencing some serious side-effects of construction, including cracks in building walls, vibrations, loud noises, dust, “sewer aromas,” and utility shut-offs. According to this post, “Some residents consider it a form of harassment, an effort to wear them down and choose buyouts rather than remain in lawsuits challenging the project.” To make matters worse, the Environmental Impact Statement ignored these impacts. (Photo via AY Report)
–Developer Bruce Ratner has pushed back the projected opening of the arena again, this time to the 2011-2012 season.
–Meanwhile, Brownstoner reports that nine property owners and tenants have filed a petition against the Empire State Development Corporation in the Appellate Division Second Department of New York State Supreme Court challenging the use of eminent domain for the project.