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August 10, 2007

Report: Ratner Negligent

In response to today's Daily News article about the results of the Deparment of Buildings' investigation into the Ward Bakery parapet collapse, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn offers a warning and a repeat of the plea for more oversight:

As we asked at the time of the collapse, when speculation by officials was that the heavy rain could have led to the collapse: why wasn't there any public protection if the building was in such a fragile state? Now watch as Forest City Ratner takes this report as an excuse to accelerate demolition of the building. The light fines they will receive, according to the article, are no obstacle at all for their harassment-by-demolition of adjoining property owners who don't wish to sell to Ratner under the threat of eminent domain.

Also, could there be a more clarion call than this report to say its high time that the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) install the "Atlantic Yards ombudsman" they promised to install over 94 days ago? Because we don't think the community's safety should be solely in the hands of a company whose Public Relations Professional, Bruce Bender, tells us that Forest City Ratner "company officials would review the [DOB] report."

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Posted by lumi at August 10, 2007 11:30 AM