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November 15, 2006

FOIL follies IV: how much would the affordable housing cost?

FOILFollies01.jpgAtlantic Yards Report

Will Norman Oder be FOILed again? He promised readers a four-part series on his Freedom of Information request adventures.

The first concerned the Department of City Planning and the second concerned Assemblyman Jim Brennan's request to the Empire State Development Corporation, both regarding Atlantic Yards. The third concerned the mysterious tower planned at City Tech.

After weeks of waiting for the final installment, Atlantic Yards Report-er Norman Oder kinda shoots a blank:

On July 26, I filed a FOIL request with the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation & Development, seeking documents regarding the Atlantic Yards project, particularly those regarding the funding and provision of affordable housing.
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Last week I spoke to HPD Records Access Officer Donald Appel. His letter following up our conversation indicated that HPD "expects to issue a final response" to my request on or before November 22.

A response does not actually mean they'll deliver any documents, so we'll see.

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NoLandGrab: Norman Oder is going through a lot of trouble to try to figure out the true costs of this project, including how much the City and State will be spending on the affordable housing portion. Relax, says Empire State Development Corporation chief Charles Gargano, the public will get the answers to their questions "when the deal is done."

Posted by lumi at November 15, 2006 8:49 AM