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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

No Rendering: Does Ratner Plan on Building Phase 2 of Atlantic Yards?

Is Forest City Ratner planning on constructing the so-called Phase 2 part of their Atlantic Yards plan? It does not appear that they plan on it and one can legitimately wonder if the developer ever intended to build the second phase which would include the large majority of the proposed "affordable housing."

From December 2003 through May 2006Forest City Ratner's publicized renderings of their Atlantic Yards plan displayed the entire proposed project. Those various revisions through those years always included Phase 1 (the arena and 4 or 5 skyscrapers) and Phase 2 ( 11 or 12 skyscrapers and all of the "privately-owned publicly-accessible open space").

In December 2003 the first rendering was unveiled and looked like this:

In July 2005 the second rendering was unveiled and looked like this:

In May 2006 the third rendering was unveiled and looked like this:

But then we come to the most recent rendering of Atlantic Yards released by developer Forest City Ratner and their architect Frank Gehry in May 2008. From every angle, the model only displays Phase 1 floating in a dark vacuum—the arena and 4 or 5 skyscrapers. It's as if Phase 2 doesn't exist....does it?

It sure doesn't look like Ratner intends to build Phase 2. If the developer does intend to build Phase 2 it is bewildering as to why there is no Phase 2 in the most recent model when the first three renderings over 3 years included it.

With only Phase 1, the project would provide very little "affordable housing," even less than the meager amount of true affordablity proposed.

Does Ratner plan on selling off the Phase 2 land that he would have gained through eminent domain on private property, city streets and a well below market deal on the rail yards?

We'd like to know.

Posted: 9.08.08
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