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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

Supersizing the Supersized
For more than a year now we've known about Bruce Ratner's plans to build 1.25 million square feet of towers over his widely detested Atlantic Center Mall in addition to the 8 million square feet proposed for the "Atlantic Yards" project. The mall is directly across the street from the proposed project site for "Atlantic Yards." (Interestingly, the Empire State Development Corporation–chief rubberstamper of the Ratner proposal–is a tenant in the mall, paying a full market rent to Forest City Ratner). This is the real reason that the developer has refused to build the proposed arena over his failed mall, rather than abuse eminent domain: why waste one's air rights when one can utilize them and take other people's properties?

Norman Oder over at the Atlantic Yards Report, through another Freedom of Information request, has found out more detailed information about what the developer is calling the "Atlantic Center Overbuild." (overbuild is right!). The ESDC has basically ignored the cumulative impacts of the Atlantic Center Overbuild (2,000 to 3,000 new residents in addition to the 15,000 to 18,000 new residents in "Atlantic Yards") in its environmental review. Amongst other things, Oder as also found that Frank Gehry is deeply involved in the 3 towers planned for that Overbuild. Oder:
Gehry's working on “Atlantic Center overbuild” (for 2000+ residents); ESDC punts
Though city officials haven't said so publicly, newly released documents show they’ve examined plans by Forest City Ratner for three new towers over the developer’s much-derided Atlantic Center mall--and Atlantic Yards architect Frank Gehry has it as part of his assignment.

Apparently the developer, Gehry, and the city see the "Atlantic Center overbuild" as intertwined with the neighboring Atlantic Yards project. However, the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), in its Atlantic Yards review, has shrugged off questions about Atlantic Center, which could add 2000+ new residents across the street.

A hint of the plan came in a public statement 1/7/06 from Gehry, who said "there are some 20 buildings to be built, and the client insisted that I do them all. When he came to me, he said, 'I know you're going to try and bring all your friends in to do all the buildings, 'cause that's a cop-out.'... And he didn't want me to do that, he wanted me to really solve the problem, and put me on the hot seat."

Given that Atlantic Yards would involve an arena and 16 towers, Gehry's statement raised a question: was he being vague, or was he referring to the Atlantic Center mall? The developer retains more than 1.2 million square feet of development rights, enough for three towers at least 300 feet tall. (That would represent a 15% increase on top of the AY project, which would be about 8 million square feet.)
(Emphasis added)

The plot thickened in May, when Atlantic Center towers appeared in at least one model of the plan shown at a press conference featuring Gehry.

While the two projects would be technically separate, and FCR already has development rights for the Atlantic Center site, the incorporation of the Atlantic Center plans into the Atlantic Yards model suggests that it deserves more scrutiny...

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Posted: 11.27.06
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Eminent Domain Case
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