UPDATE 8/7: On Saturday, crews were back and finished the huge first section of platform, and have begun a second section. The second section starts halfway down the boardwalk next to the metal rail, and is actually being built some 8 feet above the boardwalk (higher than the metal rail). Are they working in the rain today? Please post below.
As the buzz builds towards Surfpocalypse, I rolled past the Live Site on the SUPERBLOCK and was blown away by the progress. I talked to a few of the workers and snapped some photos of it. Following up on this post, it turns out they did indeed get the job done with only two trucks, and are now fast at work leveling out the remaining sand and building the decking that will go to the boardwalk.
According to the construction workers, the decking will run 120 feet from the boardwalk towards broadway. It is level with the boardwalk and will serve as a platform for tents and will also be the entry point into the Live Site. The guys said it will “go most of the way” down the boardwalk “with a few breaks.” They were working fast, and had all sorts of gizmos to help level the platforms. They said the whole project will take 2-3 weeks, but that likely includes other jobs, because they were making fast progress.
Farther down the boardwalk by Riverside, I got the scoop that they are not removing the remaining concrete – that will stay, but is now exposed and dug out. So for all those history buffs out there, there will remain some of the WWII defenses for some time on the SUPERBLOCK.
Now the last bit of news I got from the very nice construction dudes was that the SUPERBLOCK lot to the east of Riverside will be where the stage is built for concerts. This fits into the map outlined by Quiksilver, but also better confirms the location of the stage for the concerts.
While I was there, I happened to start talking to a gentleman on a bike who lives on Lafeyette named Dave. He was curious about the competition and what was going on the site. To paraphrase his response to the cleanup, he said “good riddance” and saw it as a sign of progress for an area that has not had any real development in years. I’ve got to say, I agree with him and with all these pieces moving, am getting more excited about the event.
Some additional photos follow.
It’s one big game of legos and Jenga putting the platform in
With all sorts of buzzy gizmos, they place, level, and set the platform ahead of the event
Showing some detail on the legs – let’s hope they packed that sand!
Looking east, showing both the leveled sand, and the remaining concrete
Looking west, showing the leveled site, still under construction