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Fulton Transit Center Progresses

  FULTON STREET TRANSIT CENTER  
  MANHATTAN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 01  
June 2, 2010
The Tribeca Trib

The Fulton Transit Center is on schedule to be completed by 2014. Several components of the project, such as the Courtland Street southbound station, should be completed as early as 2011.

Hotel Development in Long Island City Moves Forward

  LONG ISLAND CITY REZONING & DEVELOPMENT  
  QUEENS COMMUNITY DISTRICT 01     QUEENS COMMUNITY DISTRICT 02  
June 2, 2010
Queens Gazette

Late last week, the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals granted a zoning variance to developer Stephen Bahar. The variance allows Bahar to continue construction on his hotel, located on 27th Street. The structure is taller than the zoning allows, as the area was rezoned in 2008.

Retrofit Data Gathering by Deutsche Bank

  GREEN BUILDINGS  
June 2, 2010
The New York Times

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the philanthropic branch of Deutsche Bank, will finance a publicly available database of New York City buildings that have been retrofitted. The bank will also publish a report on how much money is saved from retrofit efforts.

Columbia University Returns To Court

  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EXPANSION     EMINENT DOMAIN  
  MANHATTAN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 09  
June 1, 2010
Crain's New York Business

The New York Court of Appeals will hear Columbia University's eminent domain case on Tuesday June, 1st. In December, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court ruled that eminent domain cannot be used for Columbia's 17-acre expansion plan. The Court of Appeals will likely make a decision on this case at some point in the summer.

Two Developers Vy For One World Trade

  WORLD TRADE CENTER REDEVELOPMENT  
  MANHATTAN COMMUNITY DISTRICT 01  
June 1, 2010
The Wall Street Journal

The Durst Organization and Related Cos. are the two remaining bidders looking to develop One World Trade Center. The Port Authority will pick a winner by June 22nd. The winning developer will commit a minimum of $100 million to the project as well as manage and market the office building.