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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

Ratner's Atlantic Yards Talking Point is Wishful Thinking

Forest City Ratner's number 1 talking point—"We'll break ground in the fall. We'll break ground by the end of the year"—is an impossibility.

Here is the talking point, in some version or another, just in today's media coverage:
In the Daily News (June 13):
...A spokesman for Forest City Ratner, which is building the Nets' Brooklyn arena, said Ratner would break ground on the $950 million arena later this year even without tax-exempt bonds...
In the NY Times, a three-fer (June 13):
...The project’s developer, Forest City Ratner, says it plans to break ground on the arena this fall and has long expected to use tax-exempt financing to reduce its borrowing costs by tens of millions of dollars...

...In an interview this year, Bruce C. Ratner of Forest City said that he hoped to raise about $800 million through tax-exempt bonds. He acknowledged that “the tax changes would make it more difficult” to do the project, although he was still optimistic that he could break ground for the arena this fall...

...Joseph DePlasco, a spokesman for Forest City Ratner, said on Thursday that the company remained confident that it would break ground on the arena this fall.

In the Daily News (June 13):
...A spokesman for Forest City Ratner, which is building the Nets' Brooklyn arena, said Ratner would break ground on the $950 million arena later this year even without tax-exempt bonds.
And, basically the same point is made on NY1 Bruce Ratner said (June 13):
We don't see really a problem...there's not a problem.
It's all wishful thinking. Ratner simply cannot break ground this fall. They will not have the financing they need or the land they need, and they will be in court.

Perhaps this is why Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Lieber let slip at a Crain's breakfast yesterday and declared that Atlantic Yards would be "under construction by the end of 2009." (This was reported by Norman Oder on his Atlantic Yards Report.) While we don't believe the Atlantic Yards project will ever break ground, "by the end of 2009" is at least based on real possibilities rather than pure fantasy. Of course Mr. Lieber backed off when asked about his misspeak.



Posted: 6.13.08
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