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Next Quality of Life Community Meeting postponed six weeks, to January; Precinct Council meets tonight

With no explanation as to why, Empire State Development, the state authority overseeing/shepherding Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, yesterday rescheduled the Quality of Life Community Meeting from December 13 to Tuesday, January 24, 2017, six weeks later.

As per usual, the meeting, once known as the Quality of Life Committee and then the Community Update, will take place at 6 pm at:
Shirley Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place, 1st Floor Conference Room
Impact of delay

The delay means that instead of a six week gap between meetings--the standard has typically been two months, or eight weeks--there will be a 12-week gap, or nearly three months. But the six-week gap was caused by bunching of previous meetings after delays.

This next delay makes for less oversight, and fewer public questions about project operations and impacts. After all, though the state (and developer?) apparently decided unilaterally to postpone the meeting, there are ongoing concerns that neighbors were ready to raise.

I wonder if the much-promoted move-ins to the 461 Dean rental tower and the 550 Vanderbilt condo tower are going slowly enough that developer Forest City Ratner (for 461 Dean) and Greenland Forest City Partners (for the rest of the project) would rather not face questions in December.

The announced--but hardly certain--2017 schedule for Quality of Life meetings is below.

Meanwhile, some Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park public safety-related issues may come up at tonight's monthly meeting of the 78th Precinct Community Council, at 7:30 pm, at 65 Sixth Avenue.


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