ATLANTIC YARDS WATCH
Atlantic Yards Watch is a community-based initiative to protect the health and livability of neighborhoods impacted by Atlantic Yards and the Barclays Center.
Demolition and disruption at the Atlantic Yards site began shortly after the projects initial approval in December 2006, but has increased significantly following its official groundbreaking in March of 2010. As construction of the Barclays Center arena and other project elements progress the projects immediate neighbors as well as the surrounding communities are experiencing disruptions in traffic flow, construction noise, and quality of life impacts related to stewardship of the site perimeter, as well as other current impacts. Residents, business owners, Community Boards and elected officials are interested in anticipating additional impacts in order to ensure they are effectively mitigated.
The Boerum Hill Association, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council and the Park Slope Civic Council are co-sponsors of Atlantic Yards Watch, an initiative intended to gather and process information related to the operation and implementation of the Atlantic Yards Project for use by the public, City and State agencies, and elected officials. The sponsors hope to fill a gap in project oversight that exists currently, but may be eventually addressed through reform of Atlantic Yards governance.
AYW currently offers a form for community members to submit reports of Atlantic Yards-related incidents for tracking and follow-up. Forums are also available for discussion of topics of general concern. In the future, the AYW sponsors expect to offer additional resources providing information on trends on traffic and environmental impacts, construction plans, and projected schedules.