Friday, April 13, 2007

Hudson Yards vs. Atlantic Yards: design guidelines, RFP come first

From today's New York Sun, an article headlined Colossal Plans for Hudson Yards: City Soon To Request Proposals:
Nearly two years after the city lost its bid to build a stadium on the West Side site, the Bloomberg administration and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the rail yards site, will come forward with design guidelines at the end of the month, a city official said. It plans to issue a request for proposals in May.

Note the contrasts between the 26-acre Hudson Yards site and the 22-acre Atlantic Yards site:
--the design guidelines come first, rather than after the environmental review begins (note how Jerry Armer of Community Board 6 last year called the process "backwards")
--an RFP is issued before the city and state announce support of a specific developer.

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