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April 27, 2007

PRESS RELEASE: Demolitions at Atlantic Yards Must be Suspended!

Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders Call on the Empire State Development Corporation and the Department of Buildings to Suspend the Demolitions as a result of the partial collapse of Wards Bakery

New York, NY -- The Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, which is comprised of over forty community organizations from Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, and neighboring communities, will assemble on Friday, April 27, 2007 to demand that the demolitions in the footprint of the proposed Atlantic Yards project be suspended immediately.

On Thursday April 26, 2007, 200 feet of parapet fell five stories from the top of the Wards Bakery. No sidewalk shed was in place, although pre-demolition work had been commenced on the building by Forest City Ratner Companies, the developer of the Atlantic Yards Project. Fortunately, no one was injured, but approximately 100 families were immediately displaced because of the potential danger of additional collapse.

CBN's member organizations will be joined by elected officials and community leaders in calling for the ESDC and the DOB to immediately suspend all demolitions in the footprint until:

  1. a thorough investigation as to the cause of the collapse can be conducted.

  2. safeguards can be implemented to prevent similar events with the potential for significant harm to the community and its residents and visitors.

  3. appropriate oversight can be put in place to monitor the demolition and construction for the Atlantic Yards project to insure that it is done without risk to the community and with the least possible interruption to the lives of those who are facing construction of this project over the next ten to twenty years.

Representatives of the member organizations of CBN, as well as elected officials and community leaders, will be in attendance to express their concern about the lack of proper oversight of this project sponsored by the ESDC.

Press Conference on the community's demand for a thorough investigation, appropriate safeguards, and the implementation of effective oversight before any further work can proceed on the proposed Atlantic Yards project.

Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, along with its member organizations, including Fort Greene Association, Society for Clinton Hill, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association, Friends of Greater Gowanus (FROGG), Boerum Hill Association, Park Slope Neighbors, Prospect Height Action Coalition, Council Member Letitia James, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Reverend Dennis Dillon of Brooklyn Christian Center and others

Friday, April 27, 2007, 12:00 noon.

Wards Bakery, 800 Pacific Street (near Vanderbilt) Brooklyn, NY

Posted by lumi at April 27, 2007 8:01 AM