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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

Deputy Mayor Lieber's Answers Raise More Questions About Atlantic Yards

The NY Observer's Eliot Brown interviewed Deputy Mayor for economic development Robert Lieber. Mr. Lieber had some interesting things to say about Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project:
Q: With Atlantic Yards, the developer wants more subsidy to build an arena and housing complex in Brooklyn. Is the city open to that?

A: We look at Atlantic Yards as an important project, and one of the things that we try and do in accommodating future growth is to try to do it around transit nodes, and that’s a prime transit node there, so we’re very, very supportive of getting that project under way. There are a number of ways we’re trying to help them do that. Obviously, we have budget concerns and budget issues that we have to be very mindful of.
That sounds like a hedge—much like Mayor Bloomberg's hedge last week—that the city may be trying to pave the way to heap more taxpayer subsidies on Bruce Ratner's folly, which is already subsidized to the hilt.

The interview continues.
Q: Do you think it will ever be built out in full, to 6,400 apartments?

A: Sure. What I would say is that we want to create the conditions so that can happen. The market will determine when that happens.

(Emphasis added.)
Lieber's answer here raises some serious questions:
  • How does the city plan on creating the "conditions so that can happen" if, as he says, the market will determine when that happens? What magic does Lieber have up his sleeve?

  • Bruce Ratner says that he'll build Atlantic Yards in ten years, but the city is now saying that that timeline is actually up to the market. Which one is it?

  • Is Mr. Lieber aware that the economy's fundamentals aren't strong, particularly the credit and real estate markets?

  • If the goal is to build 6,400 apartments why are Ratner, the city and the state so focused on that billion dollar arena?

Posted: 9.16.08
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