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Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park graphic: what's built/what's coming + FAQ (pinned post)

After nearly a year's delay, next Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation Directors meeting July 28

After nearly a year without a meeting, the advisory Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation (AY CDC) is scheduled to meet at 11 am next Tuesday, 7/28/20, by teleconference, as announced yesterday by Empire State Development.

There's no agenda yet, but it will be posted at least a day before the meeting. After all, members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020.

I'll write before the meeting about potential agenda issues before the meeting. As I'll detail elsewhere, last night's Quality of Life meeting raised relatively few issues for follow-up. Still, big questions remain, regarding the affordability of upcoming units, the plan to start building the platform, and the plan to meet the requirement of 2,250 affordable units by 2025.

Previous delay

The AY CDC is supposed to meet quarterly. It had been scheduled to meet in March, but that was canceled by the coronavirus.

As I wrote in March, given that the AY CDC has not met since last August--and that was essentially an extension of a meeting the previous month--there's surely much basic information to share about current and expected construction.

Tobi Jaiyesemi, who is both AY CDC executive director and ESD's Atlantic Yards project manager, last month responded to a question about the renewal of the contract of the environmental monitor, HDR, which was approved by the ESD board in March without any input from the advisory AY CDC.

"A decision was made by ESD legal to move forward with all contracts and necessary budget approvals," she said, noting that it was an agency-wide decision not specific to Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.