The project was delayed by soil decontamination work and changes to the planned road infrastructure, leading to impatience and criticism. Before the end of 2017, the redevelopment of the grain silo should be completed and work on the new roads and a park will have begun. A housing development programme should follow. New businesses, especially in the solar power industry, are also announced.
The stated aim is to make the project a model of urban post-industrial redevelopment by relying on cutting-edge digital technologies. The project will be initiated with Quayside, a site that accounts for 4.9 of the total 325 hectares that comprise the Port Lands. The project is designed for and with the wider community: citizens, businesses, startups, scientists, local organisations, etc.
Landscape architect Kate Orff has been recognised for a range of innovative solutions to deal with rising sea levels, flood risk, and loss of biodiversity, including an oyster farm for filtering water and reintroducing biodiversity into the port of New York, urban vegetable gardens, quays housing fish and oysters, raised buildings, floodable parks, etc. The approach also includes an educational aspect.