January 22, 2010
At CB 6 presentation, Forest City Ratner exec says they will push for street closings even if title is not transferred January 29
Atlantic Yards Report
A Forest City Ratner executive, plus a transportation consultant, last night discussed planned street closings for Atlantic Yards during a lightly-attended meeting of the Community Board 6 Transportation Committee. (I learned of the meeting only yesterday.)
While the plan had been previously announced and a slide show disseminated, nevertheless some news emerged.
Notably, FCR Senior VP Jane Marshall said that the developer would ask the city Department of Transportation (DOT) to close the streets on or about February 1, as planned, even if the state court hearing on eminent domain scheduled for January 29 does not result in the transfer of title to the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).
(Representatives of some property owners have said they'll challenge the condemnation; though the latitude for resistance is typically limited, nothing in the Atlantic Yards saga has been simple.)
Marshall said she expected DOT to at least agree to the closing of Fifth Avenue, because FCR needs the street closed to install new utility infrastructure.
Additional presentation January 26
Marshall said that similar presentations had not been scheduled by the other two affected Community Boards, 2 & 8.
However, there will be a presentation on the street closings Tuesday, January 26, before the 78th Precinct Community Council, which meets at 7:30 p.m. at the 78th Precinct station house, at 6th Avenue and Bergen Streets.
Posted by eric at January 22, 2010 11:58 AM