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October 23, 2007


NY Post
By Rich Calder

A real affordable-housing project breaks ground, but without rooftop solar panels, thanks to potential impacts from Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards high-rise megaproject:

Construction has begun on the biggest eco-friendly affordable-housing development in Brooklyn history - but it will have to be built without rooftop solar panels.

Atlantic Terrace, an 80-unit co-op aimed at middle- and low-income families, was supposed to have the energy-absorbing panels on its roof, but that plan had to be scrapped because of shadows expected to be cast over it by the controversial Atlantic Yards project.

"There is no question that the project across the street [Atlantic Yards] affected our project," said Michelle de la Uz, executive director of the nonprofit Fifth Avenue Committee, which is develop- ing the complex at South Oxford Street and Atlantic Avenue in Fort Greene.

"We would have loved to have had the solar roof, but it just didn't make any sense because of the shadows."

NoLandGrab: The Post locates the project "blocks" from the Atlantic Yards footprint, when in fact it is across the street.

She was joined yesterday by city and project officials during a groundbreaking for the green housing, called Atlantic Terrace, blocks from the 22-acre development site for Bruce Ratner's state-approved Atlantic Yards project, which calls for an arena and 16 towers designed by Frank Gehry.
A Ratner spokesman declined to comment.


Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn makes the point that this is only the latest environmental impact of Bruce Ratner's controversial Atlantic Yards project (and we're still in the pre-construction phase), and compares the mixture of affordable housing between the two projects.

MetroNY ran a short blurb about the groundbreaking, though there's no mention of Atlantic Yards impacts.

Posted by lumi at October 23, 2007 8:40 AM