December 30, 2008
Markowitz's Time Warp
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn noticed that The Brooklyn Paper has Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz on record casually changing the creation story of Atlantic Yards:
Let's zero in on one comment by Beep Markowitz in his interview with The Brooklyn Paper's Gersh Kuntzman:
MM: ...We’ll see what the future brings. I am confident that [Atlantic Yards] is going to happen. I really am. I really am. I was hoping it would have happened in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, so if it’s 2011, it’s 2011, as long as I know it’s on track.
GK: Is it on track?
MM: I hear that. The train is at the station. It’s moving very slowly. We have to see what the future brings. … It was always going to be over the course of 12 years or 16 years.
Actually, it wasn't "always going to be over the course of 12 years or 16 years."
The project that was approved in 2006 was to take 10 years. But now New York State's agreements with Forest City Ratner give the "developer" 6+ years to build just the arena, 12+ years to build just Phase One (the arena and 4 or 5 skyscrapers), and no timeline whatsover to build Phase Two, which would comprise the bulk of the proposed "affordable housing."
This isn't the first time Markowitz has delivered his own version of reality. A year and a half ago, Atlantic Yards Report filed a story on Marty's creation myth.
Posted by lumi at December 30, 2008 4:45 AM