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August 22, 2007

CBAs head to head: Columbia vs. Atlantic Yards

Atlantic Yards Report

Another AYR must-read: Norman Oder compares the Community Benefit Agreement negotiating process for Atlantic Yards with Columbia University's expansion plan:

And it’s flawed in comparison to the CBA planned for Columbia. The new West Harlem Local Development Corporation includes members of Community Board 9 and project opponents, who were conspicuously absent from the Atlantic Yards CBA. The LDC has been criticized for not allowing public comment at meetings and that seems to be a significant flaw. Even so, it is far more transparent than the behind-closed-doors Atlantic Yards CBA. Jordi Reyes-Montblanc, chair of CB9, famously said last year that “We are avoiding the Brooklyn model,” seeking a wider coalition.

The West Harlem LDC is funded not by the developer but by a quasi-public entity. As City Limits reported:

The New York City Economic Development Corporation provided $350,000 and a professional mediator, John Bickerman, to facilitate negotiations.

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Posted by lumi at August 22, 2007 9:16 AM