Resident Peter Krashes then posed a question to state officials, referring to my 8/31/15 article in City Limits, Documents Reveal Woes at Pioneering Atlantic Yards Building, which was based on state documents through September 2014 that were provided in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.
"One of the things that jumped out at me," said Krashes, his earnestness seemingly tempered by years of jousting over transparency, "is that the owner's representative [for the state] asked Forest City, the project manager for Forest City, three times for air monitoring to demonstrate that the mold hasn't extended beyond [updated and clarified] what is visible. And there isn't a response."
I did not get a document that disclosed the official response to that 8/13/14 request because the documents delivered to me via FOIL ended the next month.
Krashes said the public was concerned about the building's safety, and likened the query to requesting air monitoring data "for the day when there was a big cloud of dust."
"When I read an owner's rep asking for data," Krashes said, "and... it appears not to be a proper response, that concerns me. As someone living and breathing the construction of the project since 2005, I want to know that, when the state asks for something, they're given it."
Filler remained stoic, unbending: "So our official response is what Norman published."
"But the internal documents show something different," Krashes said.
Filler: "Our answer is what Norman published."
Krashes: "To me, that's insufficient because what that tells me--
Filler: "Well, I'm sorry it's insufficient for you. That's the answer."
Krashes: "I don't think you would be satisfied if this were your family living next to this project."
Filler: "So we've noted your concerns, and that's our answer."