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May 8, 2007

ESDC plans ombudsperson, new working groups for AY oversight

Atlantic Yards Report

In an implicit acknowledgment that the oversight for the Atlantic Yards project is inadequate--with only an interim environmental monitor in place, an ineffective Community Liaison Office from developer Forest City Ratner, and the recent fall of a parapet from the Ward Bakery--the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has begun to put some reforms in place.

The plan, for which full implementation is expected shortly, was in the works before the April 26 Ward Bakery incident. It will involve an ombudsperson to deal with elected officials, community representatives and the public, and various interagency working groups. One of the latter committees met last week.

Norman Oder covers the recent announcement by covering the coverage and providing the ESDC's definition of an "owner’s representative for construction activities," how the "owner's rep" is different from an "ombudsman," and all the other bureaucratic infrastructure that is being developed to "ensure that the project moves forward with as little disruption as possible.”

Posted by lumi at May 8, 2007 10:41 AM