Monday, June 18, 2007

Seamless transition? FCR's new AY head seen exploring the footprint

Last Wednesday, when Forest City Ratner announced the surprising departure of Atlantic Yards point man Jim Stuckey, the company said in an announcement:
For the past few weeks FCRC has prepared for Mr. Stuckey’s departure to create a seamless transition and named MaryAnne Gilmartin, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial & Residential Development for FCRC, as head of the Atlantic Yards development team.

The implication was that Stuckey's departure was not precipitous, contra to some prevailing suspicion, given the developer's failure to praise him for his service.

Some confirmation for the latter theory comes from a tipster, who reports spotting Gilmartin at about 8:30 a.m. today, standing at the corner of Dean Street and Sixth Avenue, across from Freddy's Bar & Backroom, the epicenter of the Atlantic Yards opposition. It looked, the tipster said, like she was being briefed for the battlefield.

Had the departure been long planned, wouldn't Gilmartin have gotten her walkaround before Brooklynites had their antennae up?

Note: the above obviously contains some speculation. I don't know if Gilmartin has visited the footprint before, nor the precise reason she was there this morning.

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