February 28, 2007
A dozen planned demolitions would create "facts on the ground," isolate plaintiffs
Atlantic Yards Report
With the filing of papers preliminary to the demolition of 12 properties it owns within the Atlantic Yards footprint, developer Forest City Ratner--even as a pending eminent domain case constrains it from construction work on the planned arena--seems poised to create "facts on the ground," empty lots that would foster both a perception of isolation and a sense of the project's inevitability.
The demolitions would include the Ward Bakery on Pacific Street, which preservationists have hoped to see saved for adaptive reuse, but instead would be razed for an interim surface parking lot.
Among those most starkly impacted would be the residents still within the 22-acre footprint.
While a 2/20/07 Forest City Ratner press release announced the beginning of site preparation work and the commencement of demolition of one building, 179 Flatbush Avenue, papers filed by the developer with the Department of Buildings (DOB), mainly in the past week, indicate much greater ambitions. The demolitions have not yet been approved by the DOB.
Posted by lumi at February 28, 2007 8:47 AM