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April 1, 2009

ESDC: release of Atlantic Yards cost would be "damaging" to Forest City Ratner; DDDB asks comptrollers for disclosure

Atlantic Yards Report

In pursuit of the true costs of Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards arena and highrise megaproject, Norman Oder has been denied a City, and most recently a State, freedom of information law request.

Yesterday, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn called upon the City and State comptrollers to obtain and release that information.

Oder posted the Empire State Developer Development Corporation's response and concludes:

It's understandable, as a general matter, why FOIL would aim to protect companies from the release of damaging information.

In this case, however, the cost of the project and the arena was a public matter when the ESDC approved Atlantic Yards in December 2006.

Now the ESDC is saying it's a private matter.

If the cost is now a secret, that suggests that developers and public agencies can announce one set of numbers to the public, then turn around and keep the actual numbers secret.

I have filed an appeal with the ESDC and, as with the appeal filed with EDC, I don't expect it to be granted.


Posted by lumi at April 1, 2009 6:09 AM