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April 30, 2007

Reference or fantasy? The (projected) ten-year Atlantic Yards timeline

Atlantic Yards Report commissioned this graphical timeline from Abby Weissman of southoxford.com, which combines a map of the master plan of Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project with the construction timeline from the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

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Should Ratner's schedule be taken seriously?

Project landscape architect Laurie Olin said it could take 20 years. Chuck Ratner of parent company Forest City Enterprises said it could take 15 years. Such schedules would delay the provision of promised benefits like affordable housing and open space and cause "interim surface parking" to persist.

When Atlantic Yards was announced 12/10/03, backers said that arena would begin development in 2004. It's more than two years late.

Beyond that, the project is likely well behind the stated timetable. Demolition of buildings in the Phase 1 arena footprint was to be completed by 7/2/07; several of those buildings almost certainly will remain enmeshed in litigation beyond that date.

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NoLandGrab: For Bruce Ratner's purposes, what is the value of an inaccurate timeline?

Posted by lumi at April 30, 2007 9:06 AM