According to today’s New York Post, developer Bruce Ratner is lobbying State and City officials for a bailout for his stalled Atlantic Yards project from the yet-to-be-approved $827 billion Federal stimulus package.   His staff recently retracted an earlier statement that the project is not “shovel-ready.”  Still, it is unclear whether the $4 billion project is eligible for stimulus funds, since “stadium” projects do not qualify, but “arenas” are not mentioned.

For those seeking answers to this and other questions related to the project, Community-Based Planning Task Force member organization Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods is sponsoring a community Q&A with the State’s Atlantic Yards Ombudsman on Wednesday.  Here is their announcement:

WHAT: Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods (CBN) Hosts Q&A re Atlantic Yards
WHEN: Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 7:30 PM
WHERE: St. Cyril of Turau Belarusian Cathedral, Atlantic Avenue at Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY
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WHO: Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods, ESDC Atlantic Yards Ombudsman Mr. Forrest Taylor, local elected officials, Brooklyn community residents, media representatives

The Empire State Development Corporation’s Atlantic Yards Ombudsman, Forrest Taylor, will be at the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods’ (CBN) bi-monthly general meeting on Wednesday to field questions about the stalled mega-development project.

If you’re curious about when the ESDC expects the Carlton Avenue Bridge to be rebuilt; why the Governor has been slashing budgets on just about every state-funded program while remaining mum about Atlantic Yards; just what the heck is going on with security plans for the planned basketball arena; or anything else having to do with the project — this is your chance. CBN has also extended invitations to several Brooklyn elected officials, who may welcome the chance to pin down the ESDC on the many unaddressed issues and unanswered questions hanging over the Atlantic Yards project.