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September 1, 2009

Who controls the corner of Carlton and Pacific? Behind a deceptive map in the 2009 Modified General Project Plan

Atlantic Yards Report

There are lies, damned lies, and then, there are Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation.

There's something wrong with the 2009 Modified General Project Plan (GPP), property owner Henry Weinstein pointed out in comments filed Monday with the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC): it describes his property incorrectly.

The properties, a building and two plots used as a parking lot, have a dark shade in the map, dated 11/1/06, indicating that the property is owned or controlled by Forest City Ratner. (See color version [PDF] from 2006 Modified GPP. Click on all graphics to enlarge.)

Double asterixes attached to each of the three lots indicate, "FCRC has closed on an option to take by assignment the lessee's interest under the ground leases for these properties. However, the property owner has objected to such assignments."

That's no longer accurate. Weinstein has so far prevailed in court. As he wrote:
New York State courts have ruled twice that those properties have never been owned or controlled by Bruce Ratner or FCRC....

ESDC continues a pattern of intentional misrepresentation of the facts and the far worse conduct of ignoring the truth when it is brought to their attention in their continuing efforts to benefit FCRC and Bruce Ratner. ESDC even went so far as to single my property out for a special mention of condemnation to the media after my unanimous Appellant Court decision in an apparent further effort to help Bruce Ratner and blunt the decision’s meaning... My dual court cases reveal a pattern of illegal and questionable behavior which only benefits Bruce Ratner and FCRC, why ESDC is a willing partner, remains to be answered.

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Posted by eric at September 1, 2009 11:56 AM