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May 14, 2010

What's happening on Block 1129? Construction Update shows layout for construction support, hints that 752 Pacific will remain

Atlantic Yards Report

According to the Atlantic Yards Construction Update [PDF] (embedded below) issued Monday, May 10, Block 1129, which once housed the Ward Bakery, a homeless shelter, and several businesses and homes, is poised to become Forest City Ratner's headquarters for arena construction, the Community Liaison Office, the community labor exchange, and much more.

Block 1129 is the southeast block of the project footprint, bounded by Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues and Pacific and Dean streets. Pacific Street has been closed and will be demapped.

The arena site, however, is one long block away to the west, with a thriving residential block between them that will see a ton of traffic. It's an unusual situation and, as they say in the world of environmental impact statements, a significant impact. (Site maps and images here.)

Hints that 752 Pacific will remain

Also, the update suggests that Forest City Ratner will use, rather than demolish some buildings. If so, that confirms claims in a court document filed by a lawyer for longtime property owner Henry Weinstein that the developer wants to use the renovated six-story building at 752 Pacific Street as office space.

Remember, FCR executive Maryanne Gilmartin claimed in an affidavit that "[t]he prompt demolition of the buildings that remain on Block 1129 also is critical to construction of the arena."

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Posted by eric at May 14, 2010 12:09 PM