360 Smith Developer Reluctant "to Put Certain Things in Writing"?
Billy Stein, the developer of the controversial 360 Smith building is apparently planning a presentation about his building at the next meeting of the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association. The CORD group has been agitating to get information from the developer about the building and has, in fact, posted 67 questions it would like answered. Mr. Stein, however, is said to be reluctant "to put certain things in writing" because he may be reluctant to find the information posted online and, perhaps, making its way into print media. Here's an email from Council Member Bill de Blasio's District Director Tom Gray that is circulating via the CGNA email list:
If you missed it at the last CGNA meeting Billy Stein has requested a personal appearance at the next meeting. I anticipate he will be prepared to answer all of your questions regarding the project. With the world of blogging I can sympathize why he would not want to put certain things in writing. It limits the ability to debate and answer follow up questions in real time before information is posted.At his last appearance before the CGNA, Mr. Stein showed revised sketches of the 360 Smith building but refused to allow the rendering to be photographed. He also asked all journalists (not just online ones) not to quote anything he said.