Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Anemic response to Willets Point RFP?
From the Times Ledger:
The city Economic Development Corp. said Tuesday it has received developers’ proposals for the overhaul of the first phase covering a dozen acres of the city’s $3 billion planned overhaul of Willets Point.
Although few details were released, the announcement that the city got the proposals Friday serves as a milestone in the six-year saga of one of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s long-stalled pet projects.
The city pushed the deadline for submitting proposals back a month to last week after at least one builder asked the city for more time to prepare plans, and three sources said in July that few companies planned to submit proposals because the project was too unwieldy, inflexible and expensive to justify the risk during a down economy.
Michael Meyer, president of TDC Development — one of the premier firms in the Flushing development industry — said his company was one of the ones that submitted a first phase proposal. The company has long been a part of the ongoing process to choose a proposal and developer for the site.
“I’m just going to say at this point, since [the EDC hasn’t] gone public with anything that from the time we submitted our Request for Expression of Interest six years ago, we’ve been consistent throughout,” Meyer said Tuesday. “I am very interested to know how many people submitted.”
From Willets Point United:
Well, well, well, isn't this interesting. TDC has been an integral part of the Claire Shulman LDC crime scheme - you know the one that cloaked the selfish interests of developers like TDC under the umbrella of a phony not for profit; a not for profit we may add that is enjoined from legally engaging in any lobbying whatsoever. This same entity received $500,000 in tax payers money to advance the interests of Mr. Meyer's company. Nice, no?
This is the fraudulent scheme that AG Cuomo was supposed to have been investigating before he got the endorsement of the mayor - can you say, quid pro quo? It is the scheme that the current AG, Eric Schneiderman is - at least according to his staff discussions with us - supposedly still investigating. What's the hold up, Eric? Not interested in taking on the mayor and the Queens Dems - led by Virginia's own Joe Crowley?
The bottom line in all of this is that Mike Bloomberg, Mr. The Rules Don't Apply to Me, concocted a plan to create a phony grass roots support group to advance the Willets Point development - and created an LDC that was simply a stalking horse for TDC and its cohort of developer colleagues. So, in essence the tax payers funded an astroturf effort to deprive the WPU property owners of their Constitutional rights.
And another WPU comment:
TDC has turned to Chinese investors and possibly breaking the project’s construction down into phases in hopes of getting a shovel into the ground soon.
So let's get this straight. The city is actually allowing a company that - as we said yesterday - was part of an illegal lobbying scheme to bid on a project that will displace American land owners, and do so with foreign money? Isn't it enough to violate Constitutionally protected property rights without adding insult to injury by outsourcing the land purchase?