Wasn't Fortress Real Developments a lender here? I remember seeing the logo on the signs. If so, then maybe tied up in court, or if developer was able to extricate himself from the legal suits, maybe trying to locate a new lender.
Its easy to blame the contractors, but often times the client wants to bring down the bid price by value engineering out important and necessary items.... and then they come back as change orders at higher cost and with delay. Both sides can play dumb games.
He more likely took issue with the elitist and condescending tone of your comment. Too bad that so often here the need to prove superiority gets in the way of constructive and positive dialogue. For what it's worth -- M3 and its siblings look amazing. Not banal in the least.