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April 28, 2007

Atlantic Yards work temporarily suspended

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Catherine Tymkiw

“We simply don’t believe that the building was unstable, that is until Ratner’s contractors went in,” said Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn spokesman Daniel Goldstein, in a statement released Thursday. “There should be no ‘next time.’”

While Mr. Goldstein said the temporary suspension on demolition work was clearly the right course of action, “They need to go beyond this and have a way to monitor what’s going on here. There’s too much that can go wrong.”

ESDC and Forest City’s decision to suspend all abatement and demolition activities came just hours ahead of a planned press conference organized by the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, which had intended on calling for an immediate work stoppage at the Prospect Heights site.

“It is tragic that 350 residents, consisting of 94 families, have been displaced because of [Thursday] morning’s occurrence,” said Councilwoman Letitia James.

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Posted by amy at April 28, 2007 11:44 AM