September 28, 2012
Atlantic Yards, It's A Crime! Community Organizations Join to Call for a New Plan at Atlantic Yards
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
Atlantic Yards – It's A Crime! Community Organizations Join to Call for a New Plan at Atlantic Yards Brooklyn Was Promised Much More Than an Arena
On the day of the opening of Barclays Center, a coalition of community organizations today joined in a protest of Atlantic Yards' failure to deliver on the promises of local jobs and affordable housing used to win approval for the $5 billion project, and called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York to present a new plan for the site that prioritizes public benefits over the development of luxury housing.
BrooklynSpeaks, Brown Community Development Corporation, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) and the Fifth Avenue Committee were joined by numerous civic groups and block associations in demanding that the State:
Conduct a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS), as ordered by the State Supreme Court, that is a timely, transparent, truly impartial study of alternatives to the current Atlantic Yards plan, and which includes meaningful measures to mitigate the project's negative impacts.
Adopt a new plan that prioritizes the creation of housing affordable to working families in Brooklyn.
Bring in other developers to reduce project risk, create more living wage jobs, and accelerate delivery of public benefits.
Reform project oversight to represent the people of Brooklyn in decision-making on a continuing basis so that Atlantic Yards' promises to the public are kept.
Change State regulations under which development projects are approved to ensure local communities are guaranteed input—and local elected officials are guaranteed a vote—before public subsidies are granted.
Posted by eric at September 28, 2012 12:00 PM