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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

What Does Mayor Bloomberg Know About Atlantic Yards?

In the aftermath of yesterday's NY Times article with a number of bombshells including confirmation that Ratner is lobbying government officials for $100 million more in taxpayer subisides, Mayor Bloomberg was asked at a press conference if the city would provide that additional subsidy. The Mayor's response:
"The economics of building have changed -- they've gotten worse, not better. We desperately need to have development and that's a very big part of development in Brooklyn. I don't know that we have to put development money in, but we certainly will do everything we can to work with Ratner to get those buildings going. That's the future of this city. That's the jobs for your children. That's the taxes to pay our teachers, and police officers, and firefighters, today."
"I don't know if we have to put money in...", the Mayor said.

It's not clear exactly what the Mayor is saying. But it's clear that Atlantic Yards is already subsidized to the hilt and in this economy additional taxpayer subsidies would be irresponsible. The project is a money pit as evidenced by Ratner's lobbying effort for $100 million more in taxpayer dollars before even breaking ground. Unfortunately the Mayor is misguided, the project won't help those he suggests it will help—most of the project is tax-exempt and most evidence shows that its net tax gain for the city would be negligible at best, and the arena would certainly be a loss. The Bloomberg Administration should face the reality of the market, the reality that Atlantic Yards plan was flawed and not feasible from day one and work with the community plan—the UNITY Plan—to develop the rail yards in Brooklyn and build truly affordable housing, rather than continuing down Ratner's perilous road to failure.


Update: Norman Oder reminded readers of his Atlantic Yards Report back in January 2007 that the Mayor was wrong on Atlantic Yards from the start:
Flashback to 2004: Bloomberg asserts project would be on vacant land, rely on private money
It was three years ago, and how things have changed. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his weekly radio appearance with WABC’s John Gambling on 1/23/04, addressed the announced sale of the Nets to Bruce Ratner (and other investors) and the prospects for the Atlantic Yards project. ...

JG: The city will spend money on this?

MB: Well, we spend--if you build a new building, we have to fix the roads in front of the building. There’s always some expenses. Fundamentally, the answer to your question is: this will be done with private money, and any city monies of any meaningful size will be debt issues financed by the extra tax revenues that come from this. So, we’re not going to have to divert money from education, or police or fire or any other part of the city to do this. No. It is private money in that sense.
(Emphasis added)

Well, Bloomberg was apparently referring to tax increment financing (TIF) for the arena as well as the expected general increase in tax revenues. But that was before the city and state each agreed to put in $100 million in cash. And before the city agreed to devote large--though still unspecified--amounts of its allocation of housing bonds to support the residential buildings.

And that's not all. Remember, the city's New York City's Independent Budget Office (IBO) stated, in a September 2005 report:
Special Benefits for the Atlantic Yards Project. Under the MOU, Atlantic Yards would receive several special benefits not available as-of-right to development projects: capital contributions from the city and state, low-cost financing for the arena, extra property tax savings, a low-cost lease, and property obtained using the state’s power of eminent domain.



Posted: 9.11.08
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