The Round-Up: Wednesday

Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to downgrade the qualification requirements for the Buildings Commissioner is coming up against opposition from architects and engineers. [NY Times]

And then there were two. One of the last landowners who was blocking Columbia’s expansion has agreed to sell her property. [NY Times]

The architecture team behind Red Hook’s Ikea and the long-awaited East River Plaza in Harlem helps big-box retailers tackle problems they would not usually encounter in the suburbs. [NY Times]

One of the three largest movie studios in the city is embarking on a $20 million expansion in Astoria. [NY Times]

The panel appointed yesterday to save the cash-strapped MTA from financial ruin will look into fare hikes and reviving old revenue generating proposals, like congestion pricing. [NY Post]

The Hunts Point Food Co-Op is shopping for a new home after the city refused to build a $150 million new facility for the wholesale produce market. [NY Post]

The Department of Environmental Protection let most of the Economic Development Corporation’s $4.5 million in overdue water bills slide, charging it $479,124 for just two years. [NY Post]

A Department of Buildings official ignored a lower-ranking inspector’s warnings that the collapsed crane that caused May’s accident was unsafe. [NY Post]

Barney Greengrass celebrates its 100th anniversary as the "Sturgeon King" of the Upper West Side. [NY Sun]

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn called for an overhaul of the Rent Guidelines Board, which sets the annual increases for rent-stabilized units. [NY Sun]

The percentage of mortgage delinquencies in New York City doubled in the first quarter of 2008. [Crain’s]

The Round-Up: Wednesday