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Quality of Life Meeting Tuesday: vague agenda, but lots to discuss, including timing of overall project, platform, and next development sites

A few days ago, Empire State Development, the state authority that shepherds/oversees Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park, distributed a typically vague agenda (right) for the bi-monthly Quality of Life Meeting, which will be held Tuesday, November 19 at 6 pm at:
Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place
1st Floor Conference Room
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Presentations will be made by representatives of ESD, Greenland Forest City Partners, and the Barclays Center.

Also, the ESD rep will offer an update on the advisory Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation (AY CDC), which is supposed to meet quarterly but meets more irregularly.

Project-related questions can be sent to

Among the issues likely to be discussed:
  • the timing of the first stage of the platform over the Vanderbilt Yard (supposed to start in 2020, but with no announced timetable)
  • the timing of the next two towers, at the B12 and B13 sites on Dean Street, which are supposed to start in 2020 but might start earlier
  • plans for a potential art installation (beware #artwashing) on the construction fence on Dean Street
  • progress at the B4 and B15 sites (and whether weekend work will continue in 2020)
  • the status of the partially closed open space at 535 Carlton (B14)
  • the status of Site 5, whether a building will start by May 2020, and whether (as I wrote) the developer will have to pay the city at least $1 million to retain development rights
  • why the size of the middle school has grown from 640 to 800 students
  • what's the expected square footage at the B12 and B13 sites