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October 16, 2007

AY timetables: street closures (Arena, 2010) and ombudsperson

Atlantic Yards Report

In response to an article in the NY Sun anticipating street closings, Norman Oder checks in on the previously released construction schedule to see how things are going in Ratnerville:

According to the construction schedule included in the Atlantic Yards Final Environmental Impact Statement issued by the Empire State Development Corporation, the Carlton Avenue bridge was supposed to be closed between Nov. 1, 2006 and July 31, 2007. Construction of the arena and Miss Brooklyn (aka Building 1) was supposed to have begun in August of this year.

The newly-announced timetable is further evidence that, in the best-case scenario, the arena would open in for the 2010-11 basketball season rather than the officially announced 2009 date.

Oder also explains that depite what the Sun article says, "the company [Forest City Ratner] can't close the streets--that's the city's job." This would be a good question for the Atlantic Yards ombudsperson, only the community is still waiting for the State to hire one.


Posted by lumi at October 16, 2007 10:10 AM