The Related Companies has tapped Jay Cross, president of the New York Jets, to lead its $15 billion development over the West Side rail yards, bringing in a driving force behind the failed effort three years ago to build a West Side stadium on the same site.
Mr. Cross is a onetime real estate executive who has spent much of the last few years developing stadiums and arenas for professional sports teams, pushing through the new Meadowlands stadium, Miami’s AmericanAirlines arena and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
In the city’s drive to host the 2012 Olympic Games, Mr. Cross was a key player as the Jets went through a bidding war with Cablevision and a citywide push to bring approvals to a new stadium over the western half of the West Side rail yards.
With Mr. Cross’ departure from the Jets, Related seems to be building a small team of alums of the Olympic effort: He joins Jay Kriegel, director of NYC2012 who now serves as a senior adviser at Related.
Release from Related below.