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August 10, 2011

Forest City Ratner finally announces free garbage can plan, with limited boundaries (no Fort Greene); educational forum will be held August 17

Atlantic Yards Report

Nearly four weeks after announcing, on 7/14/11, a plan to fund new garbage cans for residents in the area around the Atlantic Yards footprint, Forest City Ratner has finally provided details, via a public notice (below) that began to circulate last night.

However, some of those reporting rat problems likely will be disappointed: the area covered is limited, from Fourth to Vanderbilt Avenues, and Atlantic Avenue to Bergen Street, with a good chunk of the rectangular territory including the Atlantic Yards site itself.

(Residents of buildings with 12 or fewer units can pick up lidded, heavy-duty cans during weekdays next week, as per the notice below, at the Atlantic Yards Community Liaison Office.)

Nor does the area represent an evenly-drawn radius around the site--it goes south (and slightly to the east and west) but not north.

I queried City Council Member Letitia James, who had conveyed complaints from Fort Greene, north of Atlantic Avenue. The "process has begun but it is still subject to change," she said, hinting that the boundaries could be expanded.

The map

The map, taken from the flyer further below, has been amended (by Atlantic Yards Watch) by shading in the Atlantic Yards site, which takes up nearly half the total area.


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Atlantic Yards Watch, FCRC to offer free lidded garbage cans to a set of residents near the project footprint; a rodent forum is scheduled for August 17th

Empire State Development and the New York City Departments of Health and Sanitation will host an educational forum at the Pacific Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Wednesday, August 17th from 6-8 pm. At the forum experts will offer strategies for rodent prevention and answer questions.

One strategy they won't be talking up: not allowing the building of a huge basketball arena smack in the middle of residential neighborhoods.

The following are instructions from Forest City Ratner Companies describing how to get a free garbage can:

  1. Make sure your building is located within the eligible boundaries and has 12 units or fewer.
  2. At pick-up, provide photo ID and proof of address by showing a utility bill with your unit number dated within the last three months.
  3. Visit the Atlantic Yards Community Liaison Office, located in a trailer on Carlton Avenue (between Pacific and Dean Streets).

Cans will be available during the following hours:

  • Monday, August 15th 10 am - 4 pm
  • Tuesday, August 16th 10 am - 3 pm & 6 pm - 8 pm
  • Wednesday, August 17th 10 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday, August 18th 10 am - 3 pm & 6 pm -8 pm
  • Friday, August 19th 10 am - 1 pm

FCRC provides the following contact for questions: communityliaison@atlanticyards.com or 1-866-923-5315.

Posted by eric at August 10, 2011 11:18 AM