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April 18, 2008

FCR, in e-newsletter, anxiously suggests readers "reach out" to elected officials

Atlantic Yards Report

When is a "done deal" not a done deal? When Forest City Ratner starts urging recipients of its electronic newsletter "to reach out to your local elected officials and remind them of the importance of Atlantic Yards." Norman Oder reads the tea leaves.

Time to reach out

Today's message concludes:
Significant progress is being made each day on the project, and Atlantic Yards and all of its affordable housing as well as thousands of jobs will be a reality for Brooklyn. We encourage you to reach out to your local elected officials and remind them of the importance of Atlantic Yards.

To me, that suggests some anxiety about how the "done deal" Atlantic Yards will be treated in the political process as it goes forward. Three City Council Members--Bill de Blasio, David Yassky, and Letitia James--have called for a moratorium on demolitions, as the Brooklyn Paper reported this week.

If that puts the developer on the defensive somewhat, surely a bigger challenge--and a reason to reach out to elected officials--is the developer's stated desire for more subsidies to complete the project.

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NoLandGrab: We encourage you to reach out to your electeds officials, too — to tell them to send Forest City Ratner and Atlantic Yards packing.

Posted by eric at April 18, 2008 2:40 PM