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July 22, 2011

Working the overnight shift at the arena site: questions posed (and pending), but Final EIS disclosed possibility

Atlantic Yards Report

So, will there be a first-ever third shift at the Atlantic Yards site? If so, why? And what kind of safeguards would there be?

I haven't gotten answers yet.

Questions posed

The latest Construction Alert issued on July 18 by the Empire State Development Corporation (and prepared by developer Forest City Ratner) indicates that "subject to receipt of permits, a third shift may be instituted during this reporting period, from 11 PM – 7 AM, Monday – Friday only."

(There have been no previous third shifts for arena construction, but there have long been some disruptive overnight shifts regarding utility work at the boundaries of the project. For example, see this video.)

Some readers asked me about this, so I queried the Empire State Development Corporation about it, and was told to ask Forest City. (The ESDC said in June that working a second shift "ensures maximum productivity.")

So I asked the developer for the rationale for the third shift, and the safeguards planned.

And I asked the Department of Buildings if a permit had been granted, and what safeguards would be required.

Both sets of queries are pending.

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Posted by eric at July 22, 2011 10:03 AM