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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Ombudsperson Schmombudsperson

In the wake of the Ward Bakery parapet collapse the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has announced plans to implement some "oversight reforms."
The overarching questions are:
  • Why has this initiative taken so long?
  • Why is there no role at all for community stakeholders?
  • Where is the environmental monitor in all of this?
  • Where is the "Community Benefits Agreement" group?
Below is an ESDC letter sent to local elected officials, with our deconstruction:
ESDC Oversight and Monitoring Measures for Brooklyn Atlantic Yards Project

Atlantic Yards is a critically important project that will bring jobs, affordable housing and increased economic activity to the city. We are committed to seeing the project completed, and we are equally committed to minimizing disruptions. We believe these measures will accomplish these goals as we work to see this project completed on schedule.
The first sentence is boilerplate basically taken directly from the developer's press releases, with no acknowledgement of any downside to the project. We thought the ESDC was representing not just Forest City Ratner, but also the the people of New York.

"We are committed to seeing the project completed"?...On day one, when it comes to "Atlantic Yards", nothing changes. When it comes to "Atlantic Yards" the Spitzer Administration thinks that Pataki/Gargano were a-okay!

"Minimizing disruptions"
?...Even the ESDC's own EIS highlighted numerous "disruptions" that simply will not be minimized. So...minimize disruptions for who, Forest City Ratner's demolition crew?

"Completed on schedule"?...Whose schedule? Charles Ratner's or Laurie Olin's. (Need we remind the ESDC that right now "Atlantic Yards" very viability is under review in state and federal court?
ESDC will implement the following steps:

I. The designation of an ESDC Atlantic Yards ombudsperson
This person will provide elected officials, community representatives and the public with access to current information about the project. The ombudsperson will report to senior officials at ESDC and help facilitate the cooperation of the various government agencies involved in this project.
Ombudsperson, schmombudsperson:
There is supposed to be an environmental monitor in place and where is the community stakeholder group and LDC type arrangement in place in Lower Manhattan, Battery Park City etc, and what is the role of the "CBA" group here? Will "current information about the project" include a realistic timeline and information for residents still living in the footprint regarding their health in the midst of demolition and abatement?
II. The designation of an Owner's Representative for Construction Activities
This person (or consultant team) will serve as ESDC's representative to monitor the construction activities performed by the developer at the project site. The Owner's Rep will have direct access to ESDC senior officials and staff and will have unlimited access to the site during all phases of construction. The Owner's Rep will coordinate with the developer's construction team and city and state agencies responsible for overseeing construction related activities to keep ESDC apprised of substantive issues during construction.
An "Owner's Representative," what is that? Who is "the Owner" in this case? Sounds like the "Owner" is the ESDC, if that is the case why does it seem like Forest City Ratner is running the show?
III. The creation of an interagency working group
ESDC will be pull together representatives from MTA, NYCEDC, NYCDOT, NYCDOB, and others to review approved and planned work on a monthly basis.
More closed-door talks between agencies. Great!
It's the interagency inner-workings that have gotten us into this mess: an overwhelmingly dense and gigantic development plan with no meaningful mitigations or infrastructure improvements.
IV. The creation of a transportation working group
Concerns regarding transportation impacts, during and after construction, have been consistently mentioned by community and elected leaders. ESDC will organize a small working group of city and state agencies, community representatives and local elected officials to discuss anticipated issues and available mitigation opportunities.
Forgive us, but shouldn't a "transportation working group" have worked on a transportation mitigation plan for inclusion in the Final Environmental Impact Statement? Should the FEIS have been approved without such a plan? This is a day late and a MetroCard short.
V. Hold regular meetings with local elected officials
ESDC will host regular meetings to update and inform elected officials about overall progress and key project milestones.
Which elected officials? What about the public, the community? First time we've seen the word "progress" associated with "Atlantic Yards."
As the project moves into the construction phase, we will continue to work with developer Forest City Ratner, elected officials, and our partners in City government to make sure quality of life is maintained.
That'll be some trick. The best way to ensure that "quality of life is maintained" is to make major, substantial modifications to the project, unless of course there will be an ombudsperson with a magic wand in perpetuity.

More coverage of the ESDC's announcement:

Daily News:
Brooklyn arena project gets safety net

Metro NY:
Ombudsman slated for Brooklyn project
In wake of Atlantic Yards incident, a new community liaison

State Tries To Minimize Problems From Atlantic Yards Construction

Atlantic Yards Report
ESDC plans ombudsperson, new working groups for AY oversight

Novel Idea: Safety Measures For Atlantic Yards

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