Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lead time, for once: next Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Community Update meeting scheduled for December 9

A message yesterday from Empire State Development:
Greenland Forest City Partners (GLFC) and Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) will host the next Community Update (formerly known as Quality of Life) meeting. 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn NY 11201
1st Floor Conference Room 
We will present an overview of the upcoming construction activities surrounding the project. Please plan to arrive promptly in order to provide time for presentations and questions and answers from the community members. If you have any questions please contact Nicole Jordan at atlanticyards@esd.ny.gov . Thank you for your continued commitment to the overall success of this project.
The 16-day lead time for the announcement represents belated progress. After community complaints last month regarding the confirmation announcements for scheduled meetings, three members of the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, Jaime Stein, Barika Williams, and Bertha Lewis stressed the importance of sufficient notice.

Joe Chan of Empire State Development suggested, "Why can't we commit to a bare minimum in terms of public notice," suggesting "at least 14, 21, 28 days notice."

The progress regarding lead time, however, does not dispel the recognition that, as state official Marion Phillips III put it, "it's a developer meeting," facilitated by the state. Once the Quality of Life sessions treated community members as valid partners, and community groups and local officials helped set the agenda.

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