Our block association has learned more about oversight of this project than just about anyone else because we have had to. Our priority is good governance because our lives are directly affected by the oversight that is provided. We’ve learned that scrutiny and incredulousness are essential tools living near Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park.
As much as half of the input to the State during the 2014 SEIS process was personal testimony from our community about the failure of the State’s oversight to ensure the environmental commitments that are part of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project agreements. That testimony, as well as a general statement from our block association, calls for oversight reform of the project generally, and an independent, impartial and motivated Environmental Monitor on site when construction work takes place.
Moving forward, our focus continues to be improving oversight so that the community does not need to continue doing the job of ensuring the developer’s obligations are met. Community trust can be built with effective monitoring, transparency in real time and recourses against the developer when things go wrong.