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August 11, 2008

From three months to 14 months: the (yet unexplained) expansion of the timetable for AY utility work

Atlantic Yards Report

A look at documents produced by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) during and after the environmental review shows some inconsistencies in estimates of time for utility work. According to the construction schedule and also Chapter 17 of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), it was supposed to take a year. Chapter 17 states, “The major in-street utility work would begin late in 2006 and last about 12 months.”

However, the construction updates issued by the ESDC offer contradictory information, suggesting a shifting timetable for the first phase of utility work and potentially a much longer stretch for all three phases.

Though the ESDC is often willing to answer questions I've posed, in this case, I haven't gotten answers yet.

At issue is what appears to be classic mission creep: "three months" of "upgraded water and sewer installations" quietly became "four to six months," and before you know it we're looking at "through the end of the year."


Posted by lumi at August 11, 2008 5:13 AM