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December 16, 2010

ESDC, as expected, approves findings that 25-year buildout not significant enough for SEIS; graphics show interim surface parking for up to 25 years

Atlantic Yards Report

Wow, even a Columbo rerun is less predictable than the ESDC!

As expected, the Empire State Development Corporation today approved findings that the Development Agreement--which has a 25-year outside date--and MTA contract for the Vanderbilt Yard "do not have a material effect on whether it is reasonable to use a ten-year construction schdule for the purpose of assessing the environmental impacts of Atlantic Yards." (Documents are here.)

They also agreed that, while it appears unlikely that the project would be constructed on a ten-year schedule--because it's already lagging and because of continuing weak general economic and financial conditions--that a delay in the ten-year construction schedule "would not result in any new significant adverse environmental impacts not previously identified and considered... and would not require or warrant an SEIS [Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement]."

I'll have more on the meeting today, with video, but for now, take a look below at one potential scenario, which shows the impact of a parking lot on the southeast block, 1129, that would last nearly 25 years.

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NoLandGrab: The only surprise is that they could muster a quorum — we thought they were all in China pimping for Bruce.

Posted by eric at December 16, 2010 2:19 PM