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The Atlantic Yards CDC meeting that didn't happen

Well, that wasn't the greatest planning, was it?

The meeting scheduled for yesterday of the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation, announced Tuesday with little lead time for the public, never happened, as the AY CDC was unable to muster a quorum.

That was surely frustrating for the few civilians, as well as Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, who trekked to the 633 Third Avenue offices of Empire State Development, the state economic development authority, and waited around for more than half an hour. (I had a conflict and couldn't attend.)

As noted, the agenda included the advisory group's requested blessing for the parent ESD to extend two consulting contracts: HDR, which monitors environmental mitigation, and STV, which serves as owner's representative.

I suspected that the meeting, coming shortly after the announced deadline for Forest City Realty Trust's strategic review, was also scheduled to accommodate discussion of the developer's new path.

In the interim, Forest City--which already was divesting itself of all but 5% of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park going forward--announced that it would not be acquired by a buyer but would pursue internal changes, including major board reforms.

No date has yet been announced for the rescheduled meeting, but we should have at least three days' notice.

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