Thursday, October 20, 2011

Surveyors near arena blocks: are they measuring sidewalk capacity?

As noted on Atlantic Yards Watch, workers have been surveying the sidewalk on streets in Prospect Heights, mainly those that would serve as pathways between the planned surface parking lot and the arena. Below, Pacific Street between Sixth and Carlton avenues.


Beyond that, work was spotted on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt avenues; on Carlton between Dean and Pacific; and on Vanderbilt (west side) between Dean and Pacific. Only the latter, which constitutes the eastern border of the parking lot, does not constitute a direct path to the arena.

What's the purpose?


"This is not ESD," said Arana Hankin, Director, Atlantic Yards Project for Empire State Development, in response to my query.

I'd bet it's more likely consultants--working for Forest City Ratner or a subcontractor?--trying to test sidewalk capacity. As I've written, on Dean Street at least, it's a very tight fit.

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