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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

Feds Grant $55 Million to Forest City Ratner. Funds Seem to be for Atlantic Yards

The Federal Government has just given $55 million to "Forest City Community Development Entity, LLC" headquartered in Brooklyn. It is not clear if it is a $55 million "tax credit" or if it is a straight out grant. We're attempting to find out. It appears to be a $55 million "tax credit."

It is also not clear if all the money is for Atlantic Yards, but one would assume most of it is since Atlantic Yards is the only supposedly vertical construction project the parent company Forest City Enterprises is undertaking (according to them). We're attempting to find out. Norman Oder is reporting that the ESDC has confirmed that these tax credits ALL go to Atlantic Yards.

Click this and search "Forest City" (page 13) in the pdf you download. And to see what Forest City plans to do with it, a little more specifically, click this and see page 72.

The money comes from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Here is an overview of what that Fund does:
Through monetary awards and the allocation of tax credits, the CDFI Fund helps promote access to capital and local economic growth in urban and rural low-income communities across the nation.

Through its various programs, the CDFI Fund enables locally based organizations to further goals such as: economic development (job creation, business development, and commercial real estate development); affordable housing (housing development and homeownership); and community development financial services (provision of basic banking services to underserved communities and financial literacy training).
Funny, but it doesn't mention the most expensive arena in the history of humankind.

The press release from the Fund, quoting Secretary Geithner.

We think this appropriation would violate federal law governing federal funds for economic development project's that use eminent domain. That law punishes governments that violate the law by denying the whole state federal money for economic development projects for two years. (We are checking the current status of this bill...)

Update: We think this bill from 2005 has been reauthorized and applies.We'll continue looking....

This is the language of the amendment, as was passed in 2005 and 2006:

No funds in this Act may be used to support any Federal, State, or local projects that seek to use the power of eminent domain, unless eminent domain is employed only for a public use: Provided, That for purposes of this section, public use shall not be construed to include economic development that primarily benefits private entities: Provided further, That any use of funds for mass transit, railroad, airport, seaport or highway projects as well as utility projects which benefit or serve the general public (including energy-related, communication-related, water-related and wastewater-related infrastructure), other structures designated for use by the general public or which have other common-carrier or public-utility functions that serve the general public and are subject to regulation and oversight by the government, and projects for the removal of an immediate threat to public health and safety or brownsfield as defined in the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownsfield Revitalization Act (Public Law 107–118) shall be considered a public use for purposes of eminent domain.
More by way of explanation and some clarity from Norman Oder on his Atlantic Yards Report.



Posted: 10.30.09
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Eminent Domain Case
Goldstein et al v. ESDC
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November 24, 2009
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EIS Lawsuit

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Appeal briefs are here.

2/26/09
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