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August 31, 2008

At the DEIS hearing, "an affront to common sense" on adaptive reuse

Atlantic Yards Report

Adaptive reuse of buildings in the proposed Atlantic Yards footprint was brushed aside by the Empire State Development Corporation. One preservationist testifying in 2006 at the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Hearings made note of this:

...The consultants say that they examined the possibility of conversion to residential use, but they rejected it. Why? Conversion might entail altering the buildings and then the buildings would lose their integrity. To contend that historic buildings should be demolished so as to avoid changing them is an affront to common sense... and to local preservation laws. The ultimate loss of integrity is demolition, not minor alterations for adaptive re-use.


Posted by steve at August 31, 2008 4:32 PM