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June 5, 2013- By Steven E. Greer
At the recent May 23rd BPCA board meeting, the newly appointed “Chief Operating Officer”, Anne Fenton, proudly stated how Pier A was advancing on schedule and would be turned over to the Poulakakos group on June 1st. However, at the June 4th CB1 meeting, it was announced that the deadline was missed and no set time for the BPCA completing the project would be announced. Uncharacteristically, Ms. Fenton was not present to deliver the bad news. Only Mathew Monahan was present.
Even if the June 1st deadline had been met, Pier A is now more than a year behind the schedule first established by Anne Fenton’s team when she came to work at the BPCA. The project is also exceeding the budget by tens of millions of dollars.
During the Pier A presentation by the Poulakakos group, the CB1 board expressed continuing concern that the public space in the pier would not be a true public space. As a result, George Calderaro stated CB1 would be forming an official Pier A subcommittee to oversee the process as the construction is set to begin this year.
If on May May 23rd, the Chief Operating Officer, Anne Fenton, assured BPCA that “Pier A was advancing on schedule and would be turned over to the Poulakakos group on June 1st,” exactly , a week later, “the deadline was missed and no set time for the BPCA completing the project would be announced” sounds more like the ‘project completion’ was based not on the ability physically complete and turn it over. Did Poulakakos group walk away?
You ask “Did Poulakakos group walk away?”. Very astute of you. I wondered the same thing. Is there demand for three huge Poulakakos group restaurants in BPC within a mile of one another (Harry’s, the new version of Eataly, and Pier A)?