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April 13, 2007

Another lawsuit for Atlantic Yards project

The Amsterdam News
by Leslie Ann Murray

A determined collation of Brooklyn-based community groups filed a lawsuit to annul the environmental review and approval of Atlantic Yards.
Besides the environmental concerns with regarding the Atlantic Yards project, the groups’ main chagrin was that the Brooklyn community was marginalized from participating in critical dialogues concerning the project.

“Another delay in the Atlantic Yards project means delaying economic opportunity for many in the Brooklyn community,” Delia Hunley-Adossa, chair of the Community Benefits Agreement Executive Committee, stated. She added, “Those opposing the project can afford delays, but what of the over 2,000 who are clamoring for jobs?”

Daniel Goldstein, a spokesperson for the community group Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn explained, “This lawsuit is trying to ensure that an accurate environmental review has been done, and it’s not a delay to anything.”

Forest City Ratner Companies stated that it has “participated in an exhaustive public review process” and complied “with rigorous state and city requirements, resulting in what we believe is a better project.”


NoLandGrab: It's curious that Hunley-Adossa has chosen to pick a bone with this lawsuit, since she's supposed to oversee environmental compliance under the Community Benefits Agreement. In other words, Hunley-Addosa is supposed to have the neighborhood's back when it comes to bad things that may happen in the neighborhood as a result of construction — like the time Ratner workers turned off the neighborhood's water.

Also, Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report has pointed out on his blog and in an article in the Brooklyn Downtown Star that critics of construction delays remained mute when landscape designer Laurie Olin and Forest City exec Charles Ratner both intimated that Atlantic Yards would take decades to build.

Posted by lumi at April 13, 2007 7:29 AM