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August 16, 2006


A news conference will begin at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, on the steps of City Hall where a broad partnership of civic and community groups along with several elected officials will urge the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to extend the public comment period for the recently released Draft Environmental Impact Statement and General Project Plan for Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards development proposal.

A number of city and state elected officials, local community boards, civic and community organizations, and local residents have already contacted ESDC Chairman Charles A. Gargano to request an extension of the review period. Among those scheduled or invited to attend tomorrow’s news conference are:

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
State Assembly Member James Brennan
State Assembly Member Roger L. Green
State Assembly Member Joseph Lentol
State Assembly Member Joan Millman
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn
City Councilmember Bill DeBlasio
City Councilmember Letitia James
City Councilmember David Yassky
Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 and 8

Citizen’s Union
Community-Based Planning Task Force
Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods
Municipal Art Society of New York
New York Industrial Retention Network
New Yorkers for Parks
Women’s City Club

The impact statement and project plan for Atlantic Yards are among the largest and most complex documents ever released by the ESDC. They are hundreds of pages long and contain hundreds of tables, maps, graphs and technical studies. The 66-day review period set forth by the state agency is inadequate for a meaningful review of the project, especially coming as it does during the summer vacation period.

The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods is a coalition of recognized diverse community groups active in Community Districts 2, 3, 6 and 8. CBN is comprised of 40 community organizations that have joined together to ensure meaningful community participation in the environmental review of the proposed Atlantic Yards development in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. As a group, CBN has experience in civic advocacy, transportation planning, neighborhood preservation, urban planning, the development of affordable housing, safety and security improvement, quality of life promotion, and business development. CBN's collective background enables them to represent the concerns of the area communities. For more information, contact James Vogel at 718-638-3349.

The Municipal Art Society of New York is a private, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to promote a more livable city. Since 1893, the MAS has worked to enrich the culture, neighborhoods and physical design of New York City. It advocates for excellence in urban design and planning, contemporary architecture, historic preservation and public art. For more information, contact Brian Connolly at 212-935-3960.

Posted by lumi at August 16, 2006 7:48 AM