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March 19, 2007

CBA "watchdog" sought to ensure "history making" benefits "for local community"

Atlantic Yards Report

Two yet-to-be-hired Atlantic Yards monitors will be paid by developer Forest City Ratner (FCR), but it's important to keep the two straight.

The more important one will be an Environmental Monitor (EM)--the process is already behind schedule--hired by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to oversee construction activities, environmental mitigations, and much more. Residents concerned about communications difficulties have already urged the ESDC to put construction on hold until such a monitor is hired.

In case you haven't guessed which is the less-important one, that would be the "independent" monitor hired by the groups paid by Ratner to support the project (you know, the groups that were MIA when Ratner's contractors shut off the water to the neighborhood two weeks ago.)

Meanwhile, Forest City wants you to know about another monitor, an Independent Compliance Monitor (ICM) that is part of the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement (CBA).

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Posted by lumi at March 19, 2007 7:10 AM