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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Atlantic Yards Is In Serious Trouble
Press Release. For Immediate Release: March 21, 2008

With All Eggs in One Forest City Ratner Basket,
Atlantic Yards Project Is In Trouble

Affordable Housing a Fading Promise,
As Undesirable $950 Million Arena Takes Center Stage

It’s Time for Albany and City Hall to Step In

Brooklyn, NY— A front page NY Times article today, Slow Economy Likely to Stall Atlantic Yards, explains how the economic downturn is impacting Forest City Ratner’s proposed Atlantic Yards project in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

“The article makes clear that Atlantic Yards cannot be built as planned, and was never financially feasible. The economic downturn has served to make that crystal clear,” said Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) spokesman Daniel Goldstein. “Our elected officials cannot allow our public resources, as well as eminent domain, to be used to construct an arena--which only benefits Bruce Ratner--surrounded by vacant lots. We call on the city and state to work with the community to develop the rail yards in a responsible manner, without destroying the existing neighborhoods in the process.”

Despite the sub-headline “Arena on Track,” the biggest news in the Times story is that the arena is not on track. The arena would now cost $950 million according to the article, and therefore is subject to new governmental review.

"Due to this substantial increase in the cost of the arena, the law and fiscal prudence suggest that the project will have to go back for review and a vote by the Public Authorities Control Board (PACB). In addition Forest City Ratner does not own the land it needs to build the arena,” DDDB attorney Jeffrey Baker said.

The PACB is comprised of Governor Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, and requires a unanimous vote.
When the project was unveiled in 2003 it was the most expensive arena ever proposed at about $400 million. In mid-2005 it was projected to cost $435 millon. It was approved at the end of 2006 at $637.2 million. And now, according to the developer, the arena would be 50% costlier at $950 million.

Besides facing a new review by the PACB, Forest City Ratner does not own the land it needs to build the arena. A large portion of the land in the arena’s proposed footprint is owned or leased by private parties who are currently in court challenging the state’s use of eminent domain. Next week those plaintiffs will be filing a petition asking the United States Supreme Court to hear their case. Also 26 community groups, led by DDDB, will be in the NY State Appellate Court in September arguing their appeal on their challenge to the project’s environmental review and approval.

"Today a Forest City Ratner spokesperson said they'd be breaking ground for the arena this Fall. Based on the new review required by the PACB, the eminent domain lawsuit, the environmental lawsuit, and the economic environment, this is simply not even close to possible; it's pure fantasy," said DDDB Legal Director Candace Carponter.

“From the very beginning Develop Don’t Destroy has advocated for responsible development and today’s news is evidence Atlantic Yards does not accomplish that,” Goldstein said. “In December 2006 the PACB approved the project as an integrated whole; now it appears that’s not what Ratner plans to do. Governor Paterson, the other two PACB members, and our local elected officials must take this opportunity to send the project back to the drawing board, or scrap it for a feasible project, with multiple developers who can produce much needed affordable housing over the Vanderbilt rail yards. The community has created such a plan; it’s called the Unity Plan and can be found at www.unityplan.org.”

Posted: 3.21.08
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November 24, 2009
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