PITTSFIELD — Prodded by Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority’s board of directors said on Friday that the public will be provided with an opportunity to comment on a controversial proposal to place a 170,000-square-foot retail complex in the William Stanley Business Park of the Berkshires.

PEDA’s executive director, Corydon “Cory” Thurston, said the discussion hasn’t taken place yet because the project’s developer, Waterstone Retail Development of Needham, has yet to submit plans to the city. The proposal is expected to bring 150 jobs to Pittsfield.

Bianchi, who attended Friday morning’s meeting, pressed the board to ensure the public has a say on the proposal. Bianchi said afterward that he wants the project to get a thorough vetting.