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May 7, 2007

Brooklyn arena project gets safety net

NY Daily News
By Jotham Sederstrom

State officials are rolling out measures they hope will minimize future disruptions in the Nets arena project in Brooklyn, a week after a partial building collapse in the area.

The Empire State Development Corp. will appoint an ombudsperson to speak to government agencies and the public about the $4.2 billion project, according to documents obtained by the Daily News.

In addition, an owner's representative will be chosen to monitor construction and demolitions within the project's 22-acre footprint, and two other groups will be designated to review transportation and other issues on a monthly basis.

"We must do all we can to address residents' concerns that construction could become unwieldy," agency spokesman Erroll Cockfield said. "These measures will supplement steps we've already taken to make sure that doesn't happen."

Opponents of the plan to build 16 towers and a basketball arena said it remains to be seen if the measures go far enough to prevent mishaps such as the partial collapse of the Ward Baking Company building, which was undergoing prep work for demolition by developer Forest City Ratner.

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NoLandGrab: It is 91 days since the ESDC first announced they were going to hire an environmental compliance monitor.

For the record, the ESDC gave the public 66 days to comment on the 4,000-page Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Posted by lumi at May 7, 2007 11:33 AM