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December 22, 2008

Confidential but not at all correct: the latest AY footprint ownership map

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder unveils a "confidential" map of the footprint.

Two years after the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) produced a deceptive map regarding the ownership and control of property within the Atlantic Yards footprint, developer Forest City Ratner (I believe) has produced an updated version of the map that maintains the deceptions and adds some more.

Most notably, the developer's foothold has actually grown more tenuous, since FCR two years ago claimed it owned or controlled 90 percent of the land needed for the project, but the map now claims 86 percent, based spuriously on "recent acquisitions."

It also omits the public streets that would be demapped for the project.

The following map, dated August 2008 and titled Brooklyn Arena and Atlantic Yards Block and Lot Map, was passed on by a reader. While I can't be certain of its provenance, the statement "All information is to the best of FCRC's knowledge" strongly suggests that the document was provided by the developer, or at least based on information it provided.

I'm not sure why the map's producers claim it's "Privileged & Strictly Confidential," given that it reproduces (though incorrectly) public information. (Click to enlarge.)

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Posted by lumi at December 22, 2008 5:17 AM