WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — A much-anticipated George Washington Terminal town hall meeting — which has been pushed back three times, most recently due to a snowstorm — was rescheduled again for next Thursday, and this time the developers and the Port Authority will be available to answer questions, officials said.
The meeting, organized by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and other elected officials, will focus on the current status of the redevelopment of the terminal, after years of delays and challenges including concerns of the small businesses slated to open on the site.
The George Washington Bridge Redevelopment Venture LLC, a private development company overseeing the renovation of the half-century-old terminal in conjunction with the Port Authority, will be present to address the public’s concerns, according to Port Authority spokesman Neal Buccino.
This will be the first time the Port Authority and developer have addressed the public since 2014.
The renovations for the terminal are slated to wrap up in April and new signage reading “GWB Market/Mercado” went up on the site in November.
Local elected officials and Community Board 12 have been trying since late last year to arrange a meeting with the developers and the Port Authority to provide the community with new updates.
CB12 first scheduled a meeting with the developer in December, but that effort quickly dissolved after the two couldn’t agree on a date to meet with the community, board chairman Shah Ally said.
The board rescheduled the meeting to January 23, but it was also canceled.
Rodriguez scheduled another one about the project on Feb. 9, but that was canceled due to a snowstorm.
The latest town hall meeting is slated to take place on Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Holyrood Episcopal Church on 715 W. 179th St., near Fort Washington Avenue.