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Street Closures and Bus Removal to happen or not?

February 1, 2010

It seems, sadly, that Atlantic Yards is going to become a reality.  So, get ready for traffic, pollution and noise. Community Board 6 sent a notice out that there are to be street closures to accommodate the Atlantic Yards project:

Beginning on or around February 1, 2010, the following Streets in Brooklyn will be permanently closed:
● Fifth Avenue (between Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues)
● Pacific Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
● Pacific Street (between Vanderbilt and Carlton Avenues)

Northbound traffic on Fifth Avenue can use Flatbush Avenue or Sixth Avenue to continue north; southbound traffic can use Sixth Avenue.  Eastbound traffic on Pacific Street can use Dean Street; westbound traffic can use Bergen Street.  These changes necessitate the removal of the Cobble Hill-bound B63 bus stop on Fifth Avenue, between Pacific Street and Atlantic Avenue, the removal of parking in select locations, and the conversion of several nearby streets into two-way traffic flows.  Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained as needed.  A detour map is available on the Community Notice which is available as a download, at the CB6 district office, and in other distribution locations closer to the affected area. The implementation plan for these changes, prepared by Sam Schwartz Engineering, details all of the specific changes in parking, signage, street directions, etc. and is also available as a download or at the CB6 district office.

However, since I am not out and about today, I can’t confirm that this is true…anyone? Below is from the Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn website (who has been valiantly fighting Atlantic Yards) that the closures may not be happening:

Here’s breaking news (more to come) from Norman Oder’s post on today’s condemnation hearing:

After nearly two hours of oft-contentious oral argument before Kings County Supreme Court Judge Abraham Gerges–argument that, according to counsel for the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) went well beyond the proceeding at hand–the judge chose not to rule on the motions and counter-motions filed in the last two days.

“While the court will proceed promptly, the parties are entitled to a review of their claims,” Gerges said at the end of the hearing, promising to “proceed expeditiously.”

That means, most likely, that streets planned for closure February 1 will not close, even though developer Forest City Ratner seeks the closure of Fifth Avenue between Flatbush and Atlantic avenues for sewer work needed before arena construction will go forward–and has said it wanted that street closed even if the case was delayed.