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May 14, 2010

To allow demolition on arena block, sidewalk on north side of Dean between Flatbush and Sixth will close for 3 months; will it be Saturday or Monday?

Atlantic Yards Report

Yesterday, the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) issued a Supplemental Report [PDF] (embedded below) to the Atlantic Yards Construction Update, indicating that the the northern sidewalk of Dean Street between Flatbush and Sixth Avenues will be closed for three months to facilitate mechanical demolition on the arena block.

It's unclear whether the closing will begin Saturday or Monday, though I'd bet on the latter.

This may be the first announced mechanical demolition process; I couldn't get clarification late yesterday from the ESDC. The ESDC's Construction Updates only go back to 2009; a search on NoLandGrab's construction page doesn't list previous announcements of mechanical demolition.

Mechanical demolition

Mechanical demolition, which was untenable when there were residents and businesses on the arena block, means more equipment, noise, and dust--surely a burden for those living across the street. (What equipment exactly? My query is pending.)

It's faster for the developer, though, and, for those not spending too much time at home, it'll be over sooner. For those who were living next door to unplanned mechanical demolition, it was most unpleasant.

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Posted by eric at May 14, 2010 12:16 PM