The rendering at right, which leaked to the press, is unofficial (though, as a reader points out, similar renderings--here and here--were released last month).
No Site Plan
Even more disconcertingly, there's no new Site Plan for the project--yet, and thus no opportunity to discuss whether a reoriented arena could lead to other changes, such as rescinding the planned closure of Fifth Avenue.
Page 46 of the new GPP promises
Project Site Plan
But there's no attachment. "The Site Map you’re inquiring about is located on page 48," ESDC spokeswoman Elizabeth Mitchell responded.
She's right, but it's confusing. Page 47 of the new GPP promises a Project Block and Lot Map but on the next page there is indeed a Site Plan (right)--in fact, it's the same Site Plan that appeared in the 2006 GPP.
As the rendering at the top suggests, the Site Plan has changed. "My understanding is that the arena is now configured more on a north-south basis and Building 1 is not placed in the same way (among other things)," I responded, asking for clarification.
Mitchell replied, "There has been a minor change to the Site Plan since the MGPP. However we don’t have a rendering of the latest map yet from the developer. We will make it public as soon as we have one, surely before the September Board meeting."
That suggests that the new map of the site will not be made available before the July 29 public hearing or before the comment period on the MGPP closes some 30 days after the hearing, not to mention the July 22 meeting in which Forest City Ratner representatives will answer written questions.
The arena has, in fact, been reoriented, as the graphic at top suggests, but there's been no evidence that the ESDC is reconsidering the closure of Fifth Avenue.