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July 7, 2010

Brutally weird: top lawyer at firm that represents Forest City Ratner in Atlantic Yards cases denounces Community Benefit Agreements

Atlantic Yards Report

While a few people covering the New York City Charter Revision Commission hearing on June 24 noticed the criticism of Community Benefit Agreements by invited experts, no one noticed an enormous irony.

The co-chair of Land Use department at the law firm Kramer Levin--which represents Forest City Ratner on Atlantic Yards--denounced Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs), even as a colleague has, in legal papers, praised the Atlantic Yards CBA.

And a fellow panelist, also denouncing CBAs, echoed a basic question raised by critics of the Atlantic Yards CBA: how do you define who represents a community?

The CBA critics agreed that the only mitigations should deal with project impacts rather than negotiating with groups--many of them, in the case of Atlantic Yards, with no track record--on issues like job training.

That suggests that Forest City Ratner should have negotiated with groups representing communities very close to the Atlantic Yards site regarding issues like traffic.

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NoLandGrab: Oh? Is traffic a problem?

Posted by eric at July 7, 2010 10:13 AM