At a City Council Finance Committee meeting today at City Hall, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff made every effort to stress how different this year’s plan to develop the West Side Rail Yards is from the plan the city pursued for the site last year.
“It’s totally different because we in fact are not purchasing the West Side Rail Yards at all, or the right to build on the West Side Rail Yards. What we are doing is leading a planning process that will lead to a RFP. Whatever is paid pursuant to that RFP will benefit the MTA. So, we do not know today how much the MTA will receive for the West Side Rail Yards.”
(NY1 reporter Bobby Cuza has a neat summary of West Side Rail Yard development history here.
It’s been clear for a long time now that Doctoroff is staking his reputation on whatever gets built there. He’ll have to hope that his new approach is enough to satisfy the colaition that derailed his plans last year.
— Azi Paybarah