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Wayne Bailey Comments on the Draft Scope for the Atlantic Yards DSEIS

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Comments
 
on
 
the
 
draft
 
scope
 
for
 
the
 
Atlantic
 
Yards
 
DSEIS
 
by:
 
 
Wayne
 
BAILEY 
 
– 
 
Vice
President 
 
of 
 
Community 
 
Relations
 
– 
 
Newswalk 
 
Condominiums
 
535
 
Dean
 
St/700 
 
Pacific 
 
St,
 
Brooklyn,
 
NY 
 
11217 
 
A
 
reason
 
for
 
using
 
eminent
 
domain
 
was
 
blight
 
from
 
the
 
exposed
 
active
 
LIRR
 
Vanderbilt
 
rail
 
yards.
 
Since
 
the
 
start
 
of 
 
the
 
Atlantic
 
Yards/Barclays
 
Arena
 
construction
 
to
date
 
when
 
residents
 
on
 
Pacific
 
Street
 
look
 
out
 
their
 
windows
 
we
 
continue
 
to
 
see
 
a
 
blighted
 
rail
 
yard
 
under
 
continual
 
construction
 
since
 
2010
 
and
 
it
 
now
 
appears
 
that
 
the
 
rail
 
yard
 
will
 
be
 
the
 
last
 
element
 
of 
 
the
 
Atlantic
 
Yards
 
Project
 
to
 
be
 
developed.
 
Residents
 
have
 
no
 
reasonable
 
expectation
 
when
 
the
 
platform
 
will
 
be
 
built
 
to
 
cover
 
the
 
rail
 
yard
 
or
 
when
 
will
 
the
 
buildings
 
will
 
be
 
constructed
 
but
 
what
 
we
 
do
 
anticipate
 
is
 
that
 
it
 
is
 
more
 
than
 
likely
 
to
 
be:
 
a
 
25
 
year
 
build
 
out
 
with
 
the
 
associated
 
undeniable
 
construction
 
impacts.
 
As
 
FCRC
 
has
 
proclaimed
 
in
 
their
 
shareholder
 
calls,
 
“FCRC
 
in
 
fact
 
controls
 
the
 
pace…”
 
we
 
can
 
now
 
conclude
 
there
 
have
 
been
 
very
 
significant
 
impacts
 
to
 
the
 
local
 
residents
 
quality
 
of 
 
life
 
because
 
of 
 
the
 
NY
 
State
 
zoning
 
variance
 
overrides
 
that
 
let
 
our
 
residential
 
neighborhood
 
become
 
integrated
 
into
 
the
 
a
 
construction
 
plans
 
and
 
the
 
Barclays
 
arena
 
operations
 
now
 
with
 
a
 
planned
 
25
 
years
 
of 
 
development
 
construction.
 
If 
 
there
 
was
 
the
 
promised
 
independent
 
oversight
 
then
 
the
 
community
 
wouldn’t
 
have
 
had
 
to
 
create
 
(www.AtlanticYardsWatch.com)
 
to
 
document
 
the
 
continual
 
serious
 
impacts
 
to
 
their
 
quality
 
of 
 
life
 
in
 
the
 
neighborhood
 
from
 
24
 
hr.
 
a
 
day
 
arena
 
construction
 
that
 
has
 
not
 
been
 
adequately
 
addressed
 
or
 
migrated
 
by
 
the
 
ESD;
 
ESD
 
and
 
FCRC
 
prefer
 
to
 
let
 
residents
 
fend
 
for
 
themselves;
 
noise,
 
traffic
 
congestion,
 
loss
 
of 
 
parking
 
with
 
the
 
addition
 
of 
 
the
 
never
 
ending
 
Vanderbilt
 
LIRR
 
rail
 
yards
 
work
 
that
 
has
 
24
 
hour
 
a
 
day
 
high
 
pressure
 
sodium
 
lights
 
(as
 
much
 
light
 
as
 
a
 
baseball
 
stadium
 
a
 
mere
 
30’~50’
 
from
 
residents
 
windows
 
most
 
with
 
small
 
children)
 
for
 
months
 
on
 
end.
 
The
 
following
 
article
 
from
 
the
 
AMA
 
reports,
 
http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/2750
light
night
health.html
 
“Lighting
 
up
 
the
 
night 
 
is
 
essential 
 
to
 
a
 
24/7 
 
society,
 
but 
 
it 
 
may 
 
have
 
unintended 
 
consequences
 
 for 
 
human
 
health,
 
doctors
 
say.
 
This
 
week,
 
the
 
 American
 
Medical 
 
 Association
 
adopted 
 
a
 
 policy 
 
recognizing
 
that 
 
exposure
 
to
 
excessive
 
light 
 
at 
 
night,
 
including
 
lights
 
 from
 
computer 
 
screens
 
and 
 
other 
 
electronic
 
media,
 
can
 
disrupt 
 
sleep,
 
 particularly 
 
in
 
children
 
and 
 
teens;
 
years
 
BEFORE
 
the
 
Atlantic
 
Yards/Barclays
 
Arena
 
construction
 
it
 
was
 
an
 
active
 
rail
 
yard
 
and
 
bus
 
depot
 
that
 
NEVER
 
needed
 
this
 
amount
 
of 
 
light;
 
the
 
new
 
specified
 
amount
 
of 
 
lighting
 
is
 
now
 
required
 
for
 
construction
 
operations
 
and
 
not
 
emergencies.
 
If 
 
wasn’t
 
needed
 
before
 
the
 
Barclays
 
Arena,
 
why
 
all
 
of 
 
a
 
sudden
 
is
 
it
 
needed
 
now,
 
and
 
with
 
such
 
frequency?
 
And
 
why
 
such
 
powerful
 
lighting
 
if 
 
rail
 
yard
 
development
 
is
 
to
 
be
 
complete
 
in
 
10
 
years?
 
Is
 
it
 
because
 
it
 
is
 
needed
 
for
 
rail
 
yard
 
construction
 
and/or
 
the
 
rail
 
yards
 
are
 
going
 
to
 
be
 
uncovered
 
for
 
decades
 
to
 
come!
 
It
 
is
 
because
 
of 
 
the
 
rail
 
yard
 
construction
 
for
 
development,
 
it
 
is
 
disingenuous
 
to
 
say 
 
otherwise
.
 
The
 
community
 
has
 
well
 
documented
 
factual
 
reports
 
that
 
not
 
sharing
 
the
 
raw
 
or
 
un
redacted
 
environmental
 
data
 
taken
 
by
 
FCRC
 
and
 
not
 
readily
 
available
 
to
 
the
 
residents
 
is
 
detrimental
 
to
 
our
 
safety,
 
health
 
and
 
well
being
 
to
 
the
 
residents
 
of 
 
the
 
community.
 
An
 
environmental
 
report
 
prepared
 
by
 
Sandstone
 
Environmental
 
Associates
 
(the
 
author
 
of 
 
the
 
report
 
was
 
previously
 
hired
 
by
 
FCRC)
 
documented
 
the
 
various
 
dust,
 
noise
 
and
 
other
 
impacts
 
 just
 
from
 
the
 
Vanderbilt
 
LIRR
 
rail
 
yard
 
construction
 
on
 
the
 
community
 
and
 
how
 
to
 
fix,
 
monitor
 
and
 
report
 
back
 
to
 
the
 
community
 
on
 
those
 
impacts,
 
the
 
fact
 
is
 
that
 
if 
 
there
 
was
 
no
 
negative
 
impacts
 
on
 
the
 
quality
 
of 
 
life
 
there
 
would
 
be
 
no
 
reports
 
on
 
Atlantic
 
Yards
 
Watch,
 
311
 
or
 
the
 
Sandstone
 
Environmental
 
report.
 
 
http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/sites/default/files/atlantic_yards_air_noise.pdf 
 
Our
 
community
 
has
 
had
 
to
 
endure
 
countless
 
governance
 
issues
 
attempting
 
to
 
resolve
 
these
 
impacts
 
because
 
the
 
State/EDS
 
ALWAYS
 
seeks
 
to
 
override
 
the
 
cities
 
regulations
 
in
 
favor
 
of 
 
FCRC
 
not
 
the
 
community.
 
The
 
community
 
has
 
had
 
to
 
take
 
the
 
lead
 
to
 
deal
 
with
 
the
 
ESD,
 
Mayor’s
 
office,
 
Brooklyn
 
Borough
 
President’s
 
Office
 
and
 
three
 
separate
 
community
 
boards
 
(2,6,
 
8)
 
and
 
at
 
one
 
time
 
three
 
police
 
precinct’s
 
(77
th
,
 
78
th
,
 
88
th
)
 
now
 
thankfully
 
only
 
the
 
78
th
.
 
Nothing
 
is
 
ever
 
the
 
constructions
 
activities
 
fault
 
or
 
it
 
is
 
the
 
answer
 
is:
 
“nothing
 
can
 
be
 
done;
 
you
 
live
 
next
 
to
 
a
 
construction
 
site!”
 
Why
 
do
 
the
 
residents
 
have
 
to
 
take
 
on
 
the
 
burden
 
of 
 
oversight
 
that
 
was
 
promised
 
by
 
the
 
ESD
 
to
 
the
 
community
 
to
 
attain
 
approval
 
for
 
variances
 
but
 
never
 
materialized?
 
The
 
ESD/FCRC
 
must
 
be
 
held
 
accountable.
 
Examples
 
of 
 
the
 
impacts;
 
the
 
weeks
 
of 
 
60
 
plus
 
daily
 
arrival
 
of 
 
diesel
 
powered
 
dump
 
trucks
 
using
 
non
approved
 
truck
 
routes
 
or
 
not
 
using
 
routes
 
identified
 
and
 
agreed
 
to
 
in
 
the
 
EIS
 
at
 
4am~6am
 
that
 
illegally
 
idled
 
for
 
hours,
 
beeped,
 
blasted
 
music
 
ALL
 
next
 
to
 
the
 
Newswalk
 
a
 
171
 
unit
 
family
 
residential
 
building
 
on
 
Pacific
 
St.
 
between
 
6
th
 
Ave
 
and
 
Carlton
 
Ave.
 
One
 
remedy
 
available
 
to
 
the
 
ESD
 
should
 
have
 
used
 
is
 
to
 
require
 
FCRC
 
to
 
ban
 
using
 
the
 
offending
 
trucking
 
contractor,
 
it
 
is
 
well
 
documented
 
that
 
the
 
same
 
trucking
 
companies
 
never
 
were
 
banned
 
and
 
FCRC
 
continues
 
to
 
use
 
these
 
truckers
 
for
 
B2
 
construction
 
today.
 
The
 
madding
 
noise
 
from
 
the
 
mandated
 
vehicle
 
safety
 
warning
 
‘beeping’
 
from
 
every
 
piece
 
of 
 
construction
 
equipment;
 
this
 
noise
 
enters
 
our
 
homes
 
thru
the
wall
 
air
 
conditioners
 
(even
 
though
 
a
 
previous
 
remedy
 
was
 
to
 
install
 
double
 
pane
 
windows).
 
The
 
dust
 
from
 
not
 
watering
 
during
 
excavation,
 
pile
 
drilling
 
and
 
no
 
wheel
 
washing
 
before
 
entering
 
public
 
streets.
 
The
 
Carlton
 
Ave
 
Bridge
 
closure
 
from
 
Jan
 
08
 
didn’t
 
open
 
until
 
2~3
 
weeks
 
before
 
the
 
arena
 
open
 
28th
 
of 
 
September
 
that
 
needed
 
24
 
hr.
 
7
 
day
 
a
 
week
 
construction
 
to
 
meet
 
the
 
arena
 
opening
 
completion
 
date.
 
An
 
untended
 
consequence
 
is
 
construction
 
workers
 
that
 
smoke
 
in
 
the
 
Dean
 
St.
 
playground
 
when
 
NO
 
ADULT
 
without
 
a
 
child
 
is
 
allowed;
 
understandability
 
child
minders
 
and
 
mothers
 
are
 
extremely
 
reluctant
 
to
 
enter
 
the
 
playground
 
and
 
why
 
should
 
they
 
have
 
to
 
find
 
another
 
far
 
away
 
playground
 
to
 
use?
 
There
 
was
 
1
 
million
 
patrons
 
as
 
the
 
Barclays
 
Arena
 
announced
 
to
date
 
in
 
our
 
neighborhood;
 
after
 
5
 
months
 
there
 
is
 
still
 
is
 
no
 
effective
 
plan
 
to
 
deal
 
that
 
finally
 
deals
 
with
 
the
 
limo/black
 
cars,
 
concert
 
noise
 
that
 
the
 
Barclays
 
Arena
 
were
 
summoned
 
$3200
 
for
 
violating
 
the
 
NYC
 
noise
 
code,
 
daily
 
arena
 
delivery
 
vendors
 
(most
 
are
 
18
 
wheel
 
tractor
 
trailer
 
illegally
 
idling)
 
that
 
now
 
use
 
the
 
local
 
streets
 
to
 
wait
 
their
 
turn
 
to
 
enter
 
the
 
arena
 
elevator,
 
illegally
 
idling
 
on
 
pad
 
next
 
to
 
the
 
elevators
 
at
 
6
th
 
Ave
 
and
 
Dean
 
St.,
 
the
 
24
 
hr.
 
load
 
in/out
 
activity.
 
Now
 
with
 
the
 
added
 
Barclays
 
Arena
 
impacts
 
to
 
the
 
neighborhood
 
and
 
the
 
questionable
 
25
 
years
 
of 
 
construction
 
impacts
 
that
 
we
 
residents
 
must
 
endure,
 
our
 
question
 
is
 
when
 
will
 
it
 
all
 
end
 
and
 
enforcement
 
of 
 
initially
 
promised
 
10
 
year
 
build
 
out
 
and
 
mitigations’,
 
when
 
will
 
the
 
residents
 
get
 
the
 
promised
 
independent
 
oversight
 
and
 
a
 
realistic
 
plan
 
of 
 
development
 
that
 
minimizes
 
the
 
serious
 
documented
 
construction
 
impacts
 
that
 
we
 
endure?
 
The
 
following
 
pages
 
are
 
some
 
examples;
 
the
 
SEIS
 
should
 
review
 
all
 
incident
 
reports
 
and
 
stories
 
on
 
Atlantic
 
Yards
 
Watch
 
and
 
include
 
the
 
information
 
in
 
them
 
when
 
updating
 
assessments
 
of 
 
impacts
 
and
 
mitigations.
 
@
 
www.AtlanticYardsWatch.net
 
 
VARIOUS
 
EXAMPLES
 
of 
 
ATLANTIC
 
YARDS
 
IMPACTS
 
High
 
Pressure
 
Sodium
 
Lighting
 
Vanderbilt
 
LIRR
 
rail
 
yards
 
work
 
has
 
24
 
hour
 
a
 
day
 
high
 
pressure
 
sodium
 
lights
 
(as
 
much
 
light
 
as
 
a
 
baseball
 
stadium
 
a
 
mere
 
30’~50’
 
from
 
residents
 
windows
 
most
 
with
 
small
 
children)
 
for
 
months
 
on
 
end,
 
the
 
following
 
article
 
from
 
the
 
AMA
 
reports,
 
http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/2750
light
night
health.html
 
“Lighting
 
up
 
the
 
night 
 
is
 
essential 
 
to
 
a
 
24/7 
 
society,
 
but 
 
it 
 
may 
 
have
 
unintended 
 
consequences
 
 for 
 
human
 
health,
 
doctors
 
say.
 
This
 
week,
 
the
 
 American
 
Medical 
 
 Association
 
adopted 
 
a
 
 policy 
 
recognizing
 
that 
 
exposure
 
to
 
excessive
 
light 
 
at 
 
night,
 
including
 
lights
 
 from
 
computer 
 
screens
 
and 
 
other 
 
electronic
 
media,
 
can
 
disrupt 
 
sleep,
 
 particularly 
 
in
 
children
 
and 
 
teens;
 
years
 
BEFORE
 
the
 
Atlantic
 
Yards/Barclays
 
Arena
 
construction
 
Vanderbilt
 
rail
 
yards
 
was
 
an
 
active
 
rail
 
yard
 
that
 
NEVER
 
needed
 
this
 
amount
 
of 
 
light;
 
the
 
new
 
specified
 
amount
 
of 
 
lighting
 
is
 
now
 
required
 
for
 
construction
 
operations
 
and
 
not
 
emergencies.
 
If 
 
wasn’t
 
needed
 
before
 
the
 
Barclays
 
Arena,
 
why
 
all
 
of 
 
a
 
sudden
 
is
 
it
 
needed
 
now?
 
It
 
is
 
because
 
of 
 
the
 
rail
 
yard
 
construction
 
for
 
development,
 
it
 
is
 
disingenuous
 
to
 
say 
 
otherwise
.
 
http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/node/433
 

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