Trust denies Pr. 40 pact
Regarding restarting the Pier 40 development process, Hudson River Park spokesperson Chris Martin denied the claim of Friends of Hudson River Park that Douglas Durst, the Friends co-chairperson, met with Trip Dorkey, the Trusts board chairperson, at the end of last month and that Dorkey at that time agreed that if the Friends dropped their threatened lawsuit over the Trusts failure to pick a developer in June for Pier 40, the Trust would restart the Pier 40 process fairly soon, possibly as early as January.
Friends attorney Arthur Schwartz faced an Oct. 10 deadline to file the lawsuit.
There was no meeting that Im aware of, said Martin. I cant speak for the Friends, but Im not aware of any agreement weve made with the Friends. Right now, were investigating interim uses for Pier 40. Asked when the Trust will reissue an R.F.E.I. for the piers full-scale redevelopment, Martin said economic conditions will be a main driving factor.