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A problem-plagued $22.4 million scheme to transform a 222-acre former Bronx landfill into a spectacular PGA-regulation golf course has not only missed its deadline by eight years, it will now cost an additional $100 million, The Post has learned.And it'll be on the taxpayers' dime.In 1998, when then-Mayor Giuliani unveiled plans to build the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ferry Point golf course near the Whitestone Bridge in Throgs Neck, the tab was supposed to be picked up by a private developer he chose, and golfers were supposed to tee off by 2001.But eight years later, little work has been done besides mob-connected truckers dumping mounds of dirt over the old landfill.Records show the city has already spent $43 million on Ferry Point and is budgeted to borrow at least another $80 million at a time when many other park projects are being gutted citywide because of the fiscal crisis."This is a boondoggle," said Geoffrey Croft of the watchdog group New York City Park Advocates. "Instead of building a park the community can use, the city is flushing money down the toilet."Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson said the Bloomberg administration has "embraced" the idea of reusing a former landfill for "recreational" use and anticipates Ferry Point being completed by 2013.He also said the city hopes to recoup some of its investment by hosting PGA or LPGA events there, and by entering a concession agreement with an operator who'd pay the city a fee to run the golf course.Nearly $15 million of the $43 million already spent was paid to Pierre Gagne, the Giuliani-selected developer who walked out on the project in 2006 because of rising costs, forcing Mayor Bloomberg to salvage Ferry Point by having the city pay for it.Ironically, $6.2 million of the payments to Gagne were to settle lawsuits ensued after he accepted 2.5 million cubic yards of fill to help cover the one-time landfill. FBI wiretaps captured one mob-connected trucker boasting about collecting $5 for every cubic yard dumped.
more to the point, how do you manage to spend that much money on building a golf course ? Does the 97 million include for land purchase costs ? Just curious. It does seem like an awfully lot of money.Niall
Are we looking at a $300 green fee and many corporate outings here?
In two years, when another development emerges, will this thread will be appropriately named?
I think the treehouse will like it if we are allowed to do as envisioned. Some anyway.