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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

Markowitz Plays the Atlantic Yards Charade

It's a good thing that Marty Markowitz is a lame duck and isn't charged with making meaningful fiscal policy in New York. Here's Markowitz in a Courier Life article headlined, "The market be Damned! Full speed ahead with Atlantic Yards, sez beep." (It is not online, but Atlantic Yards Report has posted a scan of the print article in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2.):
The borough's top elected official last week said the softening econmoy is all the more reason why Forest city Ratner Companies' proposed Atlantic Yards project should get underway.

Borough President Marty Markowitz made his comments on the proposed $4 billion 22-acre arena/housing/comercial project at the Flatbush/Atlantic Avenues intersection following the collapse of the financial banking institution Lehman Brothers.

"The recent drop in the stock market and weakening of the American economiy underscores the importance of moving ahead with project like Atlantic Yards—which will not only create union jobs and affordable housing in Downtown Brookyn, but also represents the kind of investment magnet that Brooklyn and New York City need right now," said Markowitz.

It is critical that in the next few years, we plan for Brooklyn and New York City's future, and a catalyst for job creation and growth like Atlantic Yards can be the kind of economic engine that will power our borough through lean times," he added.

One wonders if anyone on Markowitz's staff is briefing him. Were they, then he'd understand that: Courier reporter Stephen Witt asked Councilwoman Letitia James to respond to Markowitz's remarks:
..."You can have both [economic development] and do a project consistent with the community wishes and also provide jobs," said James. "It's not an either/or proposition."

James said she remains a supporter of the Unity Plan, which her office provided some funding to create. The plan calls for a smaller, mainly residential project over the Vanderbilt Yards without an arena.

James said there was no developer in place for the plan, but developers could be found
through a competitive request for proposals [RFP] process.
Witt asked Ratner partner and BUILD President James Caldwell to respond:
"Even before the economy went down, people from our community were having a very tough time," said Caldwell. "The CBA will play a beneficial role to helping our people get some of these positions stemming from the Atlantic Yards project," said Caldwell.

Caldwell said many people in the area did not even know about the Unity Plan, let alone be behind it.
"It [Unity Plan] will not create as many jobs and it was minus an arena. All they had was architects that put together models and had no money lined up," said Caldwell.
On his Atlantic Yards Report Norman Oder provides this biting response to Caldwell:
“All they had was architects that put together models and had no money lined up.” Sounds a bit like [Ratner's signature office tower] Building 1.
Oder has a lot more to say about Markowitz's comments and the rest of the Courier article in his post: "'Economic engine'? Markowitz repeats AY boilerplate, fails to check facts."

And trusty ol' NoLandGrab has plenty to say as well:
Build, baby build! AY is Marty's ANWR

According to Borough President Marty Markowitz, as reported by Steven Witt in this week's Courier-Life:

"The recent drop in the stock market and the weakening of the American economy underscores the importance of moving ahead with projects like Atlantic Yards."

No matter what is happening in the world around us, guys like Marty handily turn it into a reason to build Atlantic Yards...

Continue reading as NLG wargames this truism, and concludes with:
Build, baby build!

And in the meantime, Markowitz will gladly accept more six-figure checks from Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner for his summer concert serie

Posted: 9.28.08
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