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September 7, 2007

Green Building?

Photo by Tracy Collins from the Atlantic Yards Photo Pool


According to this week's NY Observer update on Atlantic Yards, the construction schedule released last year states that the P.C. Richard and Son and Modell's Sporting Goods stores were supposed to be vacated and demolished a month or two ago.

Both stores are still standing, including this ivy-covered wall.

These stores are located on "Site V" in the footprint of Atlantic Yards. Though Ratner owns the buildings, the leases must be vacated in order to demolish the buildings. The details of the negotiations are not available to the public.

This description of the "Site V" block comes from the "Atlantic Yards Blight Study:"

Block 927 is located within ATURA, an area that, as described above, was found by the City to be blighted over 40 years ago. The block is zoned C6-2, a zoning designation that allows for a wide range of high-bulk commercial uses requiring a central location (see Figure 7). C6 districts typically accommodate uses such as corporate headquarters, large hotels, entertainment facilities, and mixed use buildings containing residential, retail, or other commercial uses.

According to the "Blight Study," there's nothing wrong with the P.C. Richard & Sons and Modell's buildings, except that they are "critically underutilized," which in NY State is a characteristic of "blight" and justifies the use of eminent domain (a convenient tool to pressure P.C. Richard & Sons and Modell's to give up their leases):

Lot 1 is in a C6-2 zoning district with an FAR of 6.0. Situated at the corner of 4th and Atlantic Avenues, the lot occupies a highly visible location in the shopping and employment concentration that is anchored by Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center. Although the 30,780 sf lot can accommodate up to 184,680 zsf of built space under current zoning, it hosts a single-story 30,300 gsf building, utilizing only about 16 percent of the lot’s development potential. At the time the lot was developed, the market conditions would not support a large-scale development using all of the development rights. As illustrated by Photograph B, the one-story PC Richard & Son building stands in stark contrast to the 34-story Williamsburg Savings Bank building (left), and the four stories of retail (center) and ten stories of offi ce space (right) at Atlantic Terminal. Given its key location in the midst of one of the largest commercial districts in Brooklyn, lot 1 is critically underutilized.

Posted by lumi at September 7, 2007 7:14 AM