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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

Scale Scam
People have been wondering what to make of statements from Borough President Marty Markowitz at the August 23rd DEIS public hearing, and other statements, calling for the scaling down of the "Atlantic Yards" proposal. Marty’s scale comments, though, seemed fishy. We believed that the Borough President must have been given some assurance by Forest City Ratner and/or the ESDC that such a scale back was in the pipeline. This is what developers do. Today this is precisely what the New York Sun is reporting:
‘They Shoot for the Sun So They Can Get the Moon,’ a Critic Says

The developer of the $4.2 billion Atlantic Yards project is coming under pressure to downsize, The New York Sun has learned.

State officials have discussed with the developer, Forest City Ratner, a reduction in the size of the project, a source said. The officials have said the downsizing should come in the next few weeks, before September 22, the end of the public comment period regarding the draft environmental impact statement, the source said. As proposed, Atlantic Yards would be the largest development project in Brooklyn’s history and create the densest census tract in America...

... A spokesman for Forest City Ratner told the New York Post last week that it would consider the suggestions by Mr. Markowitz. The developer would not comment yesterday.

If the developer reduces the project’s size, it should not expect instant community approval of the new plan.A spokesman for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, an umbrella organization of opposition groups, Daniel Goldstein, said a size reduction would not halt a legal challenge over the proposed use of eminent domain.

Mr. Goldstein said the organization would oppose the project until the developer changes the 22-acre project footprint, considers not building the basketball arena, and takes eminent domain off the table.He said he expected a size reduction as part of the developer’s strategy to seek approval.

“They shoot for the sun so they can get the moon.When they get the moon, they act like they have listened to the criticism and responded,” Mr. Goldstein said.

Mr. Goldstein said the latest proposal is about 700,000 square feet bigger than the 8 million square feet that was originally proposed in December 2003. Opponents contend that the developer increased the total square footage to about 9.1 million square feet last September, and then in March scaled back plans by about 5%, or 475,000 square feet, to its current total size of about 8.7 million square feet.

The developer has said that the size of the project,and its thousands of market rate housing units, is necessary to subsidize the affordable units. Forest City Ratner has not said how much it stands to profit from the project...
Don’t be fooled.
Developers have long padded the scale of proposed projects, and then sat back while communities cried foul. Once the press has voiced the public’s concerns, the developers, amidst massive fanfare and a show of magnanimity, role back the project by 25% or less – removing the padding – and claiming responsiveness to the people’s concerns.

That said, scale is but one issue.

  • The proposed location of the basketball arena is another.
    (There is a way out of that problem...)
  • The extreme density is a third
  • The environmental and socio-economic impact is a fourth.
  • The abuse of eminent domain is a fifth.
  • The undemocratic process is a sixth.

    These are just six of the deep-rooted concerns over the "Atlantic Yards" proposal.

    For a detailed understanding of the kind of development that Develop Don't Destroy DOES support (joined by some 20 other neighborhood community organizations), take a look at the “Principles and Guidelines for Responsible Community Development at the Vanderbilt Yards” developed by these groups (visit www.dddb.net/php/community/principles.php). Those principles guided the proposal (and higher bid) submitted to the MTA by the Extell Development Company.

    Posted: 8.29.06
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