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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

Ratner's MTA Rip-off

"Developer" Bruce Ratner, king of the bait and switch, is actively trying to stiff the MTA and you, the transit rider:

ATLANTIC YARDS LOOKS TO $LASH TRANSIT UPGRADE
NY Post. By Rich Calder

Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards project is in such financial upheaval that the developer is now trying to cut back on much-needed transit improvements, which he promised in exchange for approval for the controversial $4 billion project, The Post has learned.

Sources said Bruce Ratner is in talks with the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority about cutting costs on a revamp and move of the Long Island Rail Road's Vanderbilt Rail Yard, which he agreed to purchase three years ago for $100 million.

The news has Atlantic Yards opponents seething because Ratner wasn't the highest bidder for the 8.3-acre rail yard site, but the MTA agreed to sell it to the developer anyway, allowing him to move forward with his now crumbling 22-acre plan to build an NBA arena and 16 office and residential towers in Prospect Heights.
...

Ratner's $100 million bid to the MTA was $50 million lower than a rival proposal by Extell Development. An agency appraisal found the rail yard worth $214.5 million.

Ratner won out after convincing the MTA his plan was actually worth $445 million, by claiming it included $345 million in transit enhancements.

Those were to include construction of a $182 million replacement rail yard, an environmental cleanup, and other improvements around the bustling Atlantic Avenue transit hub.

In light of the news that Ratner is trying to cut costs, Daniel Goldstein, spokesman for the anti-Atlantic Yards group Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, called on the MTA to put the project back out for bids.

"Either [Ratner's company] wildly inflated the cost of constructing a new rail yard to win their bid despite their lowball offer, or they're not building the state-of-the-art yard they had agreed to build," he said.

The MTA declined to discuss the talks. Ratner spokesman Joe DePlasco said the developer is "committed to doing" the rail-yard work, but he declined to discuss the effect of shaving costs on the finished product.

Ratner, meanwhile, has yet to pay the MTA the $100 million for the site, and he's in talks about spreading out the payments, sources said.
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Full article.

More on the MTA and Ratner from Norman Oder:
A telling non-answer? When asked about AY concessions, MTA chief Sander says only that agency is "flexible and thoughtful"

So, would the Metropolitan Transportation Authority accede to Forest City Ratner's reported request to restructure and thus delay payment of the $100 million it owes for development rights at the MTA's Vanderbilt Yard?

And would the MTA accede to the developer's reported effort to build a less-expensive interim railyard as a replacement?

The person who might know, MTA executive director Lee Sander, gave no solid answer yesterday, but did acknowledge that the agency is "flexible and thoughtful" in all its negotiations.
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Continue reading.



Posted: 1.22.09
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