The column by Marie Hildebrandt demonstrates a shocking insensitivity toward many of the stakeholders of Battery Park. Perhaps she shares the same economic advantages as other supporters of this project. For instance, six of the 12 named members of Citizens for Sandusky's Future, the group supporting the development, already live on the waterfront. They are not going to miss Battery Park, and the process probably does seem like "endless hours" to them.
There are many taxpayers in this town for whom the parks are the only waterfront property they will ever own. The proposed changes mean that citizen stakeholders will no longer own Surf's Up and Battery Park. We need more time to consider if the sale of the park will be a good value. Public access is not the same as a public park. Spreading out your picnic blanket in the shadow of a high dollar condominium tower is not the same as basking in the sunshine and civic equality.
Hildebrandt does not seem to recognize that the issues are equal access and due diligence. Two public meetings are not too many. For $175 million, Meacham & Apel can afford to answer a few questions. And does she really think that the number of people who do not have personal lake front property is a "very small percentage of the population"?