Tuesday, September 15, 2009

As expected, ESDC vote on Atlantic Yards will be Thursday; RSVP required

As expected, the board of the Empire State Development Corporation will meet Thursday, September 17 to re-approve the Atlantic Yards project.

The meeting, as DDDB notes, comes 17 days after the close of the public comment period and one week after arena renderings were released, without renderings of any other part of the Atlantic Yards proposal. I'd add that it comes three days after the last community information session.

Is there any chance that the ESDC board will vote against the project? No.

Is there any chance there will be a dissenting vote, as at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board meeting in June? Unlikely.

Will they ask any more incisive questions than they did when they first rubber-stamped the project in December 2006? We'll see--there surely are, as DDDB notes, serious comments that deserve response.

Meeting agenda

The meeting starts at 10:30 a.m., and Atlantic Yards is the first main item on the agenda.

ATLANTIC YARDS LAND USE IMPROVEMENT AND CIVIC PROJECT
New York (Kings County) – Atlantic Yards Land Use Improvement and Civic Project – Affirmation of Modified General Project Plan; Authorization to Amend Funding Agreements; Authorization to Enter into Leases; Authorization to Convey Real Property; Authorization to Enter into other Project Documents and to Take Related Actions


The address is Empire State Development Corporation, 37th Floor, 633 Third Avenue (39-40). The public should RSVP to (212) 803-3772. Web casting of meeting will be available.

Public comments

The ESDC states:
We welcome public comment on the items on the following agenda. To ensure maximum opportunity for participation, speakers representing themselves may speak for up to 2 minutes each, and those representing groups may speak for up to 4 minutes (1 speaker per group). Speakers’ comments may address only items considered at today’s meeting.

Those who RSVP must again sign up at the meeting to comment.

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