Concrete Pour Construction

From GFCP:

COMMUNITY NOTICE
Overnight Work
Monday, April 24th through Friday, April 28th beginning at 11PM
461 Dean Street
Dean Street & Flatbush Avenue
As part of construction for the Pacific Park Brooklyn project, the sidewalk & road in front of 461 Dean Street will be replaced during the overnight hours beginning on Monday, April 24th through Friday, April 28th beginning at 11PM. The hours are pursuant to DOT permits and work will occur from 11PM to 5AM.
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Community Update on Quality of Life

On Tuesday (November 1s), the Empire State Development agency along with the developer (GLFC) updated the community on recent changes and upcoming changes related to Atlantic Yards.

Read a thorough update on Atlantic Yards Report.

Three quick updates for us:

  1. 535 Carlton and 550 Vanderbilt will open to move-ins next month. Therefore, the green fences around those two buildings will come down and parking is scheduled to return partially. Carlton Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue (between Dean and Pacific) are the areas slated to resume old parking guidelines.
  2. The green fence on Dean Street between Carlton & Vanderbilt will come down at the ends of the block.
  3. Site B12 construction will ramp up shortly.

As always, file complaints related to construction on 311 and then AYWatch.

Topics Discussed (October 17th)

Thanks to the 50+ community members that joined with the 78th Precinct and Councilwoman Cumbo on October 17th at Terra CRG.

Many topics were discussed including:

  • Issues with drunken Barclays Center patrons (example)
  • Dogs on Dean Street Park turf
  • Triangle at Flatbush, Dean and 5th Avenue
  • Potential middle school within Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park

If you’d like more information, please leave your e-mail address and question in a comment to this post.

October 17th – Block Association Meeting

Dean Street Block Association invites you to meet with Council Member Laurie Cumbo.

WHEN:     Monday, October 17th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

PLACE:     634 Dean Street (Terra CRG)

We are hosting this meeting specifically for those who live or work near Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.  The focus will be on the new school planned for Dean Street, 6th Avenue and Pacific Streets as well as on quality of life and safety issues.  

Please come to share your ideas and concerns.  And bring your neighbors!  Children are welcome.

DSBA Attends CEC

From Elaine Weinstein:

As a representative of the Dean Street Association I attended the July 2016 meeting of  Community Education Council 13. The main effort of the Committee that evening was to interview a  potential replacement for an opening on the Committee. Additionally, the CEC reviewed the treasurer’s report and discussed project teams going forward.
I introduced myself as a representative of our group and asked whether the council had produced any reports that could be important to our block association. They said there were no reports issued but that if there were they would be posted on their website  cec13.org. I plan to attend the next meeting scheduled for August 9th.

Going forward our goal is to encourage further transparency so that the community is informed of their process and decision making authority.

If anyone is interested in joining me feel free to email me.

Letter to the School Construction Authority about the new school proposed for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park

June 29, 2015 letter (pdf) to the School Construction Authority about the new school proposed for Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park from the Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt.

We ask the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority to take the following steps:

  • Release a DOE plan to address the meaningful new demand for school seats added to our area by the Project and other area growth so our families are well and appropriately served in the future.  We also ask DOE to show us how unit projections are brought into its utilization and capacity projections for schools in our area. 
  • Conduct a rigorous program of community engagement to address location concerns and ensure the new school is successfully integrated into an area taxed by construction and Project operation now and in the future.  Consider other potential locations in the Project site across a range of priorities including potential opening date, transit access, pedestrian safety, classroom quality and open space.  

The Project’s environmental reviews in 2006, 2009/10, and 2014 all state additional mitigation measures such as shifting catchment areas within the Community School Districts, creating new satellite facilities in less crowded schools, or building new facilities off-site will be required to fully mitigate the Project’s significant adverse impacts on public schools.  Those options are now more difficult due to increased school utilization in the area near the project since 2006.  The local elementary schools within 1/2 mile of the Project’s second phase are already over capacity.  The significant adverse impact for elementary students will now emerge with the first residential building opened at the site.  We believe DOE’s past history shows it is in its own best interest to have a plan.  Moving children from place to place as capacity shortfalls increase and re-zonings ensue is not fair to families in our area.  Pockets of overcrowding are inequitable.  Our elementary school children shouldn’t have to travel distances to get to school.

Keep in mind the following: using DOE’s own capacity formulas, Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park will add 1,864.7 elementary students, 771.6 intermediate students, and 900.2 high school students for a total of 3,536.5 students by 2025. The total number of new seats in the current school proposal is 616, clearly insufficient to absorb the number of students being added.  The 2006 FEIS’s numbers are somewhat lower.  The FEIS anticipates 1,757 elementary, 667 intermediate, and 412 high school students for a total of 2,836.  Where are those students going to go to school?

The B15 location chosen for the school is a poor option.  In a departure from what is detailed in the Project agreements, it is likely to be delivered 5 buildings (1,500 units) after the significant adverse impact emerges.  Unique conditions at the site will deliver poorer and potentially less healthy classrooms, less safe pedestrian access, poorer open space, and unique community impacts including to other community facilities than other potential options. Our school children deserve the best quality classrooms and open space possible in the Project, but that is not what they are being offered in B15.

Thanks,

Peter Krashes, Secretary
Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt
917-699-2003