Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Keeping up with the Atlantic Yards Construction Updates

Well, the Atlantic Yards Construction Update issued by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) for the weeks of December 15 and December 22 is the nearly same as the update issued for the weeks of December 1 and December 8.

There's no work at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Vanderbilt Yard. Demolition of 487 and 489 Dean Street "has been completed," whereas previously it "will continue."

That language is worth noting, because the ESDC never announced that work "has been completed" at the railyard.

That's one of the reasons I don't believe the explanation, from the ESDC and developer Forest City Ratner, that lawsuits have stalled work at the Vanderbilt Yard. Also, the explanation defies sworn statements by company executives that work on the railyard could proceed despite litigation.

And on the AY web site?

Curiously, the effort to chronicle Atlantic Yards construction lapsed (below) on the official Atlantic Yards web site in October.

That's odd, because a notice in the top right corner of the home page invites readers with questions about ongoing construction work to visit the Construction Updates page.

Is that because work slowed down? Or was the AtlanticYards.com webmaster a casualty of Forest City Ratner layoffs?

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