ESD Atlantic Yards Project Director Hankin leaving for Loeb Fellowship at Harvard; cited for working to “bridge the gap" (!) between developer and community
Hankin, asked what she’d do, said “I would rather do that offline.” She indicated that there were people vying to replace her at ESD.
(Some people wonder if the Cuomo administration, which often aims to save money and also takes a long time to hire, will replace Hankin, who was appointed under the administration of previous Gov. David Paterson.)
The meeting was run by Derek Lynch, the community and government affairs manager, whose position--unlike that of Hankin--is funded by developer Forest City Ratner.
Loeb Fellowship next
Hankin will spend the next academic year on a mid-career Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, among nine fellows.
According to the announcement:
Arana Hankin is the director of the Atlantic Yards Project for the state of New York. She also serves as the president of the Queens West Development Corporation and the state’s project manager for the Columbia/Manhattanville Project in West Harlem. Arana has worked to bridge the gap between disgruntled communities and private developers ensuring that local communities are given a voice and private developers deliver what was promised. During her Fellowship year, Arana will study creative structures to finance cultural development and strategies that guarantee the delivery of economic and social benefits to local communities.(Emphasis added)
Perhaps, given the history of Atlantic Yards, it would be more accurate to say "disempowered communities and unaccountable developers"?