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May 18, 2007

ESDC signs environmental monitor; AKRF’s tab nears $5 million

Atlantic Yards Report

On the 101st day* after the Empire State Development Corporation announced the hiring of an environmental compliance monitor:

While the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has not yet hired the promised ombudsperson to represent the public or the “owner’s representative” to represent its overall interests at the Atlantic Yards site, yesterday it approved the hiring of a long-planned environmental monitor, a job that also be described as an “owner’s reprepresentative” for mitigation oversight.

The firm, Henningson, Durham & Richardson Architecture and Engineering, P.C. (HDR), is expected to be on board in early June. AKRF, the consulting firm that wrote most of the Atlantic Yard environmental impact statement (EIS), has been serving as the interim environmental monitor since February, and been doing much more (see below).

All the three positions cited above will be paid for by the project developer, Forest City Ratner, which is business as usual in ESDC projects.

Also, AKRF is to be paid an additional $630,000, "bringing the amended contract total to $4.786 million," for work on the Atlantic Yards Environmental Impact Statement.

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* 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 18, 2007 8:44 AM