Governance reform

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BrooklynSpeaks' advocacy for meaningful public involvement in Atlantic Yards decision-making.

Atlantic Yards 2011: Community Forum 6/11

Real Governance Matters

A Community Forum
2:00 PM, Saturday, June 11, 2011
Atlantic Terrace
673 Atlantic Avenue
Corner of South Portland St.

It’s been more than a year since Atlantic Yards broke ground, and more than four years since the project was approved. Now construction may take 25 years or longer. Promised jobs and affordable housing haven’t materialized, while hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars have been spent already. And in the near term, most of what Brooklyn may end up with is an arena and a massive surface parking lot.

How did this happen? And, more importantly, what can be done now to ensure that promised public benefits are delivered and construction impacts are reduced?

Join the BrooklynSpeaks sponsors, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and other local elected officials Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:00PM for a community forum on real reform of Atlantic Yards oversight. Find out what community organizations and local legislators are doing to make Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation accountable to Brooklyn and to New York City.

“Let me get this straight…”


Sometimes, it can be hard to tell what is really going on at Atlantic Yards. A new video asks about public benefits, accountability, oversight, and the legal challenge to the project's environmental review. Does it have a happy ending? We'll have to wait to find out...

Bruce Ratner explains why Atlantic Yards needs oversight

Contact: Jo Anne Simon – (917) 685-3747
Gib Veconi – (917) 881-0401

Yesterday, Forest City Ratner Companies CEO Bruce Ratner acknowledged that Atlantic Yards won’t be built in ten years. Speaking to reporters at a presentation of the design for the “interim” plaza replacing the planned “Urban Room” in the project, Mr. Ratner said of the ten-year construction schedule promised and consistently confirmed by his company since the original unveiling of Atlantic Yards in 2003, “It was never supposed to be the time we were supposed to build them in.” Instead, he said, “It's really market-dependent as to when it will really be completed.”

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