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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Atlantic Yards Critic Appointed to City Planning

On the same day that former Brooklyn-appointed City Planning Commissioner Dolly Williams was fined for violating the city's conflict of interest laws, Borough Prez Markowitz has appointed outgoing Community Board 2 chairwoman Shirley McRae as the new Brooklyn representative on the City Planning Commission.

It's nice for Brooklyn to have a representative on the Planning Commission again who can be independent of Mr. Markowitz and the interests of the real estate industry.

From the Brooklyn Paper:
Former Commissioner Fined for Atlantic Yards Connection

Borough President Markowitz has named Community Board 2 chair Shirley McRae to be the new Brooklyn representative to the city Planning Commission, The Brooklyn Paper has learned.

McRae has been the longtime head of Community Board 2, which covers Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO.

McRae will be replacing Dolly Williams, whose part-ownership in the New Jersey Nets and business relationship with developer Bruce Ratner became a major embarrassment for Borough Hall when Williams — Brooklyn’s sole representative on the Planning Commission — was forced her to recuse herself from discussions about Atlantic Yards, the borough’s largest development project ever.
Chairwoman McRae and her Community Board 2 members were very critical of the Atlantic Yard project's Environmental Impact Statement and its findings, as well as the process that bypassed the city's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and thus her Board, and the project's abuse of eminent domain.

To be specific, Community Board 2's response to the Empire State Development Corporation's Draft Environmental Impact Statement, included the following recommendations:
  • Improve the sewage and Combined Sewage Overflow service/architecture to cover the projected increase in the number of residents and workers.

  • Provide adequate day-care slots for the increased number of residents and employees.

  • Provide adequate tree plantings for a project of this size to mitigate the adverse impact of project-associated air-borne pollutants.

  • Utilize Big Belly Compactors (or similar technology) to reduce the amount and number of collections of project-generated solid waste.

  • Downsizing the height and bulk of the buildings in the development and implementing design guidelines which address the impact of shadows directly should occur

  • The decline in the overall open space ratio for combined active and passive space which will occur with the arrival of close to 20,000 residents and workers (depending on the use of Variation 1 or Variation 2) must be mitigated.

  • The project sponsors and the lead government agency must accept the obligation to improve the existing open space conditions for the public good.

  • The sponsor plans no open space or recreation improvements until Phase II, so that “the open space ratio in the non-residential (quarter-mile) study area would be substantially lower than DCP recommendations…” Since the sponsor intends to use some of the open space for surface parking lots that will be operated for profit, CB2 recommends that the sponsor also provide interim open space and recreation that can be used between now and 2016.

  • Publicly accessible open space should be open to the public during the same hours as a park operated by the city park.

  • Pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths that go through the project must be accessible 24 hours daily.

  • The density of the residential area should be no greater than Battery Park City at full build-out, which is 152 apartments per acre.

  • Miss Brooklyn nor any building in the site should be any higher than 400 feet.

  • No use of eminent domain as part of this project.

  • No streets should be closed. (Can build over the streets if necessary).

  • Sufficient limited affordable parking should be available for the people residing in the development.

  • A residential parking permit program should be created and enforced in the neighborhoods effected.

Posted: 11.27.07
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