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April 23, 2009

Rat-infested Yards site stirs catcalls

NY Daily News
By Jotham Sederstrom

While concern is increasing about the growing rat problem around Ratnerville, a spokesman for Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner blames the victims:

"It's worse now than it's ever been," said Dean Street Block Association member Peter Krashes. "Whenever the work happens, rats are everywhere, eight at a time."

The problem has gotten so bad that a meeting was held on Monday by the block association to determine how best to protect against the scourge of rats and mice.

Residents believe the rats scatter to the streets each time a building is demolished or roadwork occurs. Although Krashes admits rodents are a citywide problem, he said the it has worsened in Prospect Heights, where he has lived since 2001, in the last year.
Doug Derryberry, who has lived in a Dean St. building not owned by Ratner since 2005, said the rodent population appeared to multiply around his home last year.
A Forest City Ratner spokesman said all property owned by the developer is baited before being razed and the entire project site is routinely checked for illegal dumping.

"The properties [Ratner] controls today are by far cleaner than they were when the developer acquired them," said Ratner spokesman Joe DePlasco, who suggested other property owners near the site are to blame for the increase in rodents.


Posted by lumi at April 23, 2009 7:05 AM