Last week, all work on the Atlantic Yards project came to a halt. Developer Forest City Ratner’s spokesperson blamed the delay on the ongoing eminent domain lawsuit. However, project opponents (and Community-Based Planning Task Force members) Develop, Don’t Destroy Brooklyn point out that the economy and financing concerns are more likely causes of the work stoppage.
According to Atlantic Yards Report, this morning another Task Force member organization, Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, held a press conference calling for an audit of the project upon the five-year anniversary of its announcement. Their press release stated:
“Five years since Forest City Ratner debuted its plans for an arena and skyscraper complex in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent, hundreds of residents have been displaced, historic buildings have been destroyed, businesses have been driven out, and profound blight has been created by the developer. Now the developer has announced that all work on the project has stopped and there is no timetable for future activity.
Please join the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods for an inspection of the stalled project and to learn more about the call for a complete audit of public monies directed to the Atlantic Yards Development Project.”
AYR speculates that the group may need “a few more elected officials to get momentum on an audit.” Perhaps this is a good opportunity to contact your Council Member.