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January 25, 2010

Street Destruction, Redux (Meeting Location Corrected)

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn

Tomorrow provides another opportunity to ask FCR and Department of Transportation representatives just why they're in such a hurry to close the streets around the proposed Arena site. They are scheduled to appear Tuesday before the 78th Precinct Community Council, which meets at 7:30 p.m. at at the Secondary School for Law, Journalism & Research (the former John Jay High School), on 7th Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets [emphasis added].

The big question: if it turns out that the project doesn't gain title to the land at the condemnation hearing on the 29th--where the legal owners of the property promise vigorous opposition--construction can't start. At the earlier meeting on this topic, an FCR representative said the closure would be for infrastructure work on the portion of Fifth Avenue that would be covered by the Arena--but isn't it a bit premature to start destroying public streets before the developer has the land to build on?


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Posted by eric at January 25, 2010 8:38 PM