The announced deadline for a decision on the conversion of 160 Imlay had been January 18th, but it seemed that nothing was ever announced. After weeks of searching on-line, I got frustrated enough to call the New York State Court and ask what was going on. I was told that the January 18th deadline was actually the date that Judge Lewis (the presiding Judge in the case) had given to two parties to file their final statements. The Judge then has 30 to 90 days to make an actual decision on the case.
There is the possibility that the Imlay case will become more than just a neighborhood issue. I believe it was the Courier (c'mon Courier... how about a website?!?) that earlier ran a story concerning the donations from the developers to the fund for the NYC 2012 Olympic bid. The Village Voice
mentioned the connection in their story about Imlay. And recently the the Observer
have addressed the question of whether big donors to the Mayor's favorite causes are getting special treatment. So far the specifics of the relationship between the Imlay project, the BSA and the NYC 2012 fund haven't really broken into the wider debate.
Personally, I'm a bit torn by the whole thing. As I've said, I think the influx of new residents would be a good thing for Red Hook so I support the Imlay conversion. Likewise, I would like to see the Olympics come to NYC. For all the trouble that the Olympics would inevitably bring, on balance I honestly think it would just be fun and exciting to see NY host the Olympics. If anything, I think the Olympic bid as it stands doesn't include enough Brooklyn events. One way or the other, it would be a shame if the Imlay project got caught up in this kind of outside problem.