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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

So what's going on with Imlay?

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 and NYC 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.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey man check this out
http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/prk/58653385.html

does this mean the developer who bought it doesn't think he can get a residential rezoning? or just wanted to flip it?

enquiring minds want to know!

Sun Feb 06, 06:41:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if the developer wanted to flip, he'd have done so by now. suffice to say, there have been offers. i think (know) the developers are truly committed to building a quality project that will finally give red hook the stage it has earned, a hamlet within a megalopolis.

Wed Jun 29, 06:21:00 PM

 

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