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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

ESDC 2004 on Atlantic Yards: "We don't care about the arena."
They Sure Care About the Arena Now; Heck That's All They Appear to Care About

A golden oldie. From the Aug 23, 2004 NY Sun interview with former Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) chairman Charles "The Ambassador" Gargano:
Q: There seems to be an explosion in the number of stadiums New Yorkers may soon see built, including for the Jets on the West Side, the Nets in Brooklyn, and now possibly the Yankees and the Mets. What will this mean for New York taxpayers?

A: The governor and I have made it clear for nine-plus years that no taxpayer money will go to build a sports arena.We will consider helping with infrastructure improvements, like a platform over the rail yards on the West Side or new subway stations, which helps the public at large. The Yankees are now taking that road, which I am very happy about because they are a great ball club that brings a lot of revenue to the city and their stadium is too old. They are offering $700 million to build a new stadium, with the state and city pitching in to improve roads and other infrastructure. Similarly, the Jets have agreed to build the Sports and Convention Center and we will build a platform and the retractable roof. This discussion of sports arenas is not out of the blue. The fact is, they have been talked about for a long time, but after September 11 these ideas were shelved. Now, almost three years after that terrible day, they are starting to think about this once again.
That was mimicked by Bruce Ratner himself when he said that Atlantic Yards would “not touch the existing tax base." Too bad the statements were and are untrue. See this Atlantic Yards accounting by the NY Post. Also the Yankees and Mets are going back for more. While Forest City Enterprises chief Chuck Ratner famously said "we still need more" subsidy.

The interview continued:
Q: Your agency is putting in a lot of money to develop Downtown [sic] Brooklyn. How important is the stadium in this area’s development?

A*: The Brooklyn development has 2.1 million square feet of commercial space, 300,000 square feet of retail space,and 4.4 million square feet of residential. It is a $2.1 billion project, and only $500 million is for the arena. Our support is primarily for the commercial, retail, and residential development — not the arena. We don’t care about the arena. We aren’t opposed to it, but our assistance is primarily to provide support for the other parts of the plan.
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Now of course Pataki and his benefactor Gargano are long gone. And it has all flipped, the focus by the state and Ratner is on the arena (when times are hard give them bread and circuses) with the so-called "affordable" housing not even on the burner. The arena is also the one thing Ratner is willing to be confident about, but his luxury arena skyboxes won't house anyone...

March 21, 2008, NY Times:
“It [the slowing economy] may hold up the office building,” the developer, Bruce C. Ratner, said in a recent interview. “And the bond market may slow the pace of the residential buildings.”...

The developer did say he was confident about starting construction on a $950 million basketball arena for the Nets by the end of the year.

And the ESDC has given Rartner 6+ years just to build the arena, with no timeline whatsoever for at least 70% of the so-called "affordable, and market housing, and there is no anchor tenant for the office tower, a requirement to build it.

And finally, the City's funding agreement with the ESDC for Atlantic Yards requires larger penalties for a delayed arena than a delayed Phase 1, suggesting--the Atlantic Yards Report's Norman Oder has written--that the arena is more of a priority.

it is now at least a $4 billion project and the arena is $950 million and rising, 6.36 million sq. feet residential, 336,000 sq. feet of office, and 247,000 sq. feet of retail.

Posted: 6.26.08
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