Atlantic Yards Arena and Reconstruction Project EIS
November 2006 17-2
The 10-year construction period would be disruptive to the local area, and significant adverseimpacts from construction activities would occur from construction-related traffic on the localstreet network, from construction-related noise, and from the demolition of two historic buildings. Mitigation has been developed to address these impacts where practicable. Since theissuance of the DEIS, construction noise mitigation measures for the Pacific Street Branch of theBrooklyn Public Library and the Temple of Restoration on Dean Street were developed. Thefollowing summarizes the technical areas that were analyzed, and the conclusions reached, for potential impacts during the construction period. In general, no changes in the principalconclusions of potential significant adverse impacts from construction that were reported in theDEIS were determined for the modified building program.
LAND USE AND NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER
No portion of the project site would be subject to the full effects of the construction for the entireconstruction period. Construction activities on all sites would adhere to the provisions of the New York City Building Code and other applicable regulations. Access to surroundingresidences, businesses, and institutions, as well as access between the neighborhoods to the northand south of the project site would be maintained throughout the duration of the construction period. Construction activities would be disruptive and concentrated on some blocks for anextended period of time. Throughout the construction period, measures would be implementedto control noise, vibration, and dust on construction sites, including the erection of constructionfencing and in some areas fencing incorporating sound reducing measures. This fencing wouldreduce potentially undesirable views of construction sites and buffer noise emitted fromconstruction activities. Barriers would be used to reduce noise from particularly disruptiveactivities where practicable. Construction activity associated with the proposed project wouldhave significant adverse localized neighborhood character impacts in the immediate vicinity of the project site during construction. The impacts would be localized and would not alter thecharacter of the larger neighborhoods surrounding the project site.
Construction activities associated with the proposed project would, in some instances,temporarily affect socioeconomic conditions in the vicinity of the project site. However, accessto businesses near the project site would not be impeded, and most businesses are not expectedto be significantly affected by a temporary reduction in the amount of pedestrian foot traffic thatcould occur as a result of construction activities. Overall, construction of the proposed project isnot expected to result in any significant adverse impacts to surrounding businesses.
None of the community facilities would be affected by construction activities for an extendedduration. All community facilities located in close proximity to the project site are at the westernend of the site and therefore would be affected only during the Phase I construction period. Theconstruction sites would be surrounded by construction fencing and barriers that would limit theeffects of construction on nearby facilities. Measures outlined in the Construction ProtectionPlan (CPP) and Maintenance and Protection of Traffic (MPT) Plan would ensure that laneclosures and sidewalk closures are kept to a minimum and that adequate pedestrian access ismaintained to community facilities in the vicinity of the project site. Construction of the