THE BIDS STACK UP:
3:1 For every dollar that Ratner
has offered the struggling MTA, Extell has offered three.
The MTA's own appraisal for the Yards is $214.5
Purchases Prices for Vanderbilt Yards (aka Atlantic Yards)
|FCRC claims the
following line items as part of their purchase price,
when in fact, they are costs that any developer would
have to bear to build on the site. Extell budgets
these items as part of their construction costs.
to MTA for Net Operating Increases over 50 years (PV)
of New Vanderbilt Yard
Remediation & Clean-up
of Mass Transit Improvements
Revenues to the MTA from Sales Tax are purely speculative
and is not part of the "purchase" of the yards.
Revenues to MTA from Atlantic Yards Sales Taxes (PV)
Total Purchase Price Offered:
The MTA has appraised the cost
of relocating the Yards (building a new yard), and building
a platform between $56 and $72 million.
Extell has estimated the yard relocation and platform
cost to be $150 million or less, and has said
that they need further discussion with the MTA to understand
what their needs are for the new yard. (But the MTA needs
to allow TIME for such discussions to take place!)
FCRC has estimated the relocation and platform
cost to be $345 million. That is five to six
times as much as the MTA cost estimate, and it seems clear
that FCRC has done this to artificially inflate their
purchase price with those figures.
For infrastructure costs Extell anticipates direct subsidies
of $150 million, while FCRC anticipates direct subsidies
of $200 million. However, in addition to the $200
million, FCRC also expects
an unspecified amount contributed by the City and State
towards their "extraordinary infrastructure
costs", as described in 8ii) of the MoU
between the ESDC, City and FCRC. The total "extraordinary
infrastructure costs" are shown to be $163,000,000
on page 2.3 of the FCRC bid. These costs include the platform
amongst other items.
For more information on FCRC's direct and indirect subsidies,
which total at least $1.6 billion, see