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March 2, 2007

FCR announces demolitions; Ward Bakery not yet on list

Atlantic Yards Report

Forest City Ratner yesterday announced its plans to demolish a dozen buildings within the Atlantic Yards project footprint. Asbestos abatement will commence next week and take at least two to three weeks before the structures are razed.

Notably, despite having filed a permit for demolition of the Ward Bakery on Pacific Street, which preservationists seek to protect rather than see an interim surface parking lot in its stead, the developer did not announce that demolition. Rather, demolitions of four other properties, at the corners of Vanderbilt Avenue and Pacific Street and Vanderbilt Avenue and Dean Street, are scheduled first on the block bounced by Vanderbilt and Carlton avenues, and Pacific and Dean streets.

Those properties, as the map shows, partially surround a building with renters who are part of an eminent domain lawsuit against the project.

However, that doesn't mean that Forest City Ratner intends to spare the Ward Bakery, the largest property marked in red on the map; this is just the first phase and that would be a complicated building to take down.

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Posted by lumi at March 2, 2007 9:40 AM