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April 27, 2007

On the street

Collapse at Atlantic Yards site forces evacuation

By Amy Zimmer
Additional reporting by Michael Rundle

Another ear-witness of yesterday's collapse at the Ward Bakery building:

“I was getting my kids ready this morning when the roof collapsed,” said Janelle Charles, 25, a shelter resident. “I heard a bump and thought workers had dropped something heavy. Either that or it was an earthquake.”

She and other residents waited on the sidewalk for hours while emergency services tried to establish if the building was secure. “I’m hungry, cold and I have toothache, too,” she said.

The Red Cross helped relocate more than 75 residents to the Atlantic Terminal Senior Center.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn's spokesperson says what seems to be on everyone's mind:

Daniel Goldstein, spokesman for project foe Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn. “If Ratner had thought this building was unstable, you have to believe they would have taken at least the precautionary measure of placing protective sidewalk sheds along the building in order to safeguard the community. We simply don’t believe that the building was unstable, that is until Ratner’s contractors went in.”

On day 116 of the Spitzer administration, the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), still "listening" and taking "a hard look," has this to say for themselves:

ESDC spokesman Errol Cockfield said the agency is in the process of hiring a monitor and “is conferring with the developer, the city, and various government agencies to find out exactly what happened and to help coordinate a thorough response.”

Forest City Ratner's spokesperson said what you'd expect:

"...we are investigating the cause of the incident,” said Bruce Bender, an executive vice preident at Forest City Ratner.


Posted by lumi at April 27, 2007 9:39 AM