Monday, August 17, 2009

Will there be another community information session? ESDC says to stay tuned

So, will there be another community information session about Atlantic Yards? The first was held on July 22, with representatives of developer Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) facing some tough questions?

At the June 23 board meeting of the ESDC, then-CEO Marisa Lago indicated there would be: "Knowing the interest in this project, we have committed to have additional community sessions beyond what is required. And we will be having a community session--a question and answer session in the community--before the public hearing and then another after the public hearing. And at those community sessions, there will be the opportunity for those questions to be answered."

So, I asked the ESDC three weeks ago, when might a second session be held and would Forest City Ratner attend?

"The logistics are still being coordinated," ESDC spokesman Warner Johnston said last Wednesday, after I reminded him of the question.

Would FCR show up?

Given the turnout by both supporters and opponents on the second day of the two-day hearing July 29-30, it's quite possible a second community informational meeting, especially without the participation of Forest City Ratner, would draw little attention.

And FCR didn't commit--and surely isn't excited about participating.

But some people likely still have questions. And the ESDC did promise. So stay tuned.

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