Thursday, December 04, 2008

Talking about AY work stall, DePlasco goes Pinocchio

From today's New York Daily News, in an article headlined Atlantic Yards project location sees work halted abruptly:
"Over the last two years, we've prepared the site for the next steps. We've gone about as far as we can go at this point with preliminary work, including sewer, track, infrastructure and utility work, along with demolition," [Forest City Ratner spokesman Joe] DePlasco added.


Actually, no.

Remember what then-FCR executive Jim Stuckey said in a 2007 sworn affidavit (and seconded earlier this year by his successor):
FCRC’s construction schedule has been carefully drawn to allow the arena to be ready for the 2009-10 season by commencing work now on vacant properties that are owned by FCRC, the MTA and the City, with work on properties that are owned or occupied by other parties deferred until the pending judicial challenges to the Project have proceeded to a point where ESDC is in a position to actually use its powers of eminent domain to acquire title to and possession of those properties.


In other words, FCR was supposed to be working on the MTA's railyard all along. And it could still be doing more regarding properties it owns.

As I've written, if and when Forest City Ratner demolishes the Spalding Building (right)--an industrial building that was renovated into loft condos, which could be easily re-sold--we'll know there's no turning back.

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