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September 28, 2012

WNYC on arena opening: ACORN's Lewis claims CBA was legitimate (but where's the compliance monitor?)

Atlantic Yards Report

Norman Oder cleans up a flawed WNYC report on the opening of the Barclays Center, and the controversy surrounding it.

As Barclays Opens, Neighbors Still Grumble, reports WNYC. Those grumbling neighbors--could it be that Bruce Ratner doesn't keep his promises (as noted by the Observer).

The most interesting part of the article concerns the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA), which prompts Candace Carponter of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn to call it unenforceable, and Gib Veconi of BrooklynSpeaks to point out the inherent conflicted role of signatories, which rely on Forest City Ratner for support.

Why can't neutral experts on CBAs make this point as well?

Ratner's support

WNYC reports:

As of 2005, Forest City Ratner provided more than $100,000 to BUILD to begin to develop community outreach. The developer also committed at least $50,000 in funding to DBNA.

Hold on--these groups have received hundreds of thousands of dollars--surely over $1 million for BUILD, which in the most recent year got $340,000--from Forest City.

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NoLandGrab: BUILD apparently could use another $115,000, toot sweet.

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WNYC, As Barclays Opens, Neighbors Still Grumble

Here's the best part, regarding the much-derided (and totally worthless) Community Benefits Agreement...

The document even called for a meditation room to be built inside the arena.

“I can’t tell you exactly where it is, but there is a meditation room [in the arena], that will be open during events, a non-denominational quiet space for people to get away from the arena,” said Ashley Cotton, executive vice president of External Affairs for Forest City Ratner Companies.

As Norman Oder writes: "The arena's opening tonight, so perhaps they will find it by then."

WFUV, Some Brooklyn Advocacy Groups Upset with "False Promises"

With the NBA gearing up soon, a lot of hoopla is surrounding the Barclay's Center and the Nets first season in Brooklyn. Michelle de la Uz says that's not helping. She says too many people are focusing on the entertainment side of the stadium, and ignoring the needs of local residents.

"We're not hearing about when is the housing going to be built, to what extent is it going to be affordable, or what size families will be able to live in the properties," she said.

Posted by eric at September 28, 2012 11:25 AM