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April 14, 2008

The Prospect Heights Historic District nudges forward

Atlantic Yards Report

The City's Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held a public meeting last Wednesday in Prospect Heights (the neighborhood in which the proposed Atlantic Yards is located), as part of the process to establish a Prospect Heights Historic District.

Norman Oder covered the meeting, which was called by the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council (PHNDC). The threat of Atlantic Yards influenced some of the discussion that meeting attendees had with Kate Daly, the LPC’s executive director.

Some residents wondered, essentially, why now. “You didn’t stop Ratner,” one said. “You didn’t stop the [Richard Meier] glass building on Grand Army Plaza.”

“It’s not to stop development,” Daly replied. “It’s to preserve a sense of place.”

Later, the issue recurred, when an audience member said, “I don’t see anything in this process that helps protect” against a development like Atlantic Yards.

An audience member responded that, as of now, someone could knock down five contiguous buildings and construct something quite out of scale.

Still, some were concerned that the process couldn’t protect, for example, against shadows caused by giant buildings on the border of the district, buildings that sounded a lot like Atlantic Yard.

“We’re not able to stop development outside the boundaries,” Daly acknowledged. “But this would be a tremendous accomplishment.”


Posted by steve at April 14, 2008 8:27 AM