Mysterious exclusion of numerous lots from the BCP:
We understand that Willets Point Phase One property that is not owned by the Citycannot be enrolled in the BCP at this time. But the City claims to already own 95 percent of thePhase One property. All of the City-owned lots within Phase One that Sterling/Related intend todevelop should be included within the developers' pending BCP application. But that is
thecase. Numerous City-owned properties located within Phase One – lots which Sterling/Relatedfully intend to develop – are mysteriously excluded from Sterling/Related's BCP application.For example, Block 1824, Lot 1 – a relatively large property – is already owned by theCity, but Sterling/Related have deliberately omitted it from their BCP application. Compare theattached maps depicting the intended Willets Point Phase One development excerpted from theFinal Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (showing Assemblage Options 1 and 2), both of which
Block 1824, Lot 1, with the next attached map excerpted fromSterling/Related's BCP application, specifying which blocks and lots Sterling/Related intend toenroll in the BCP, which mysteriously
Block 1824, Lot 1.It so happens that Block 1824, Lot 1 was for several decades the location of SambucciBros. Auto Salvage – an automobile wrecking and dismantling businesses that handled a largequantity of vehicles. By Sterling/Related's own reasoning, property with a history of such use isexactly the kind that should be most in need of remediation – and that the public wants to beassured will be remediated to the high standards of the BCP Certificate of Completion, andnothing less. Yet, Sterling/Related have deliberately omitted this property from their BCPapplication, so that it will be excluded from the BCP.
In addition to Block 1824, Lot 1, other properties that are owned by the City and intendedto be developed by Sterling/Related are also deliberately
from Sterling/Related's BCPapplication, such as Block 1824, Lot 12; Block 1824, Lot 21; Block 1824, Lot 28; Block 1825,Lot 55; Block 1826, Lot 1; and Block 1826, Lot 31. Online City records indicate that the Cityacquired all of those lots long before Sterling/Related submitted their BCP application to NYSDEC.It is
in the public's interest for Sterling/Related to cherry-pick certain Phase One properties – especially properties whose prior uses fit the profile that Sterling/Related allegerequires extensive remediation – and deliberately omit those lots from the BCP application sothat they are excluded from the BCP, and so that no Certificate of Completion for those lots will be issued by NYSDEC pursuant to the BCP.Sterling/Related have never publicly explained why they are deliberately excludingcertain properties – including the former Sambucci Bros. Auto Salvage site – from the BCP; nor have they even publicly admitted that they are doing so.To the contrary: Sterling/Related's representative testified to the City Council onSeptember 3, 2013 that "we're gonna clean our 23 acres; we have enrolled this project into thePage 2 of 3