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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

Reports of Atlantic Yards' Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Atlantic Yards Flounders and Faces Obstacles, But A Eulogy is Premature

Over one month ago it was reported that Forest City Ratner has indefinitely halted all work on Atlantic Yards. During the past month a lot has happened on the Atlantic Yards front.

The economy and some news reports may lead you to believe otherwise, but the fact is that the Atlantic Yards project is not dead. Far from it.

Forest City Ratner's project is wounded and floundering, but the developer is continuing to make every effort to build some version of the development proposal that would include an arena, controlling 22 acres in the heart of Brooklyn and speculating on the land (and blighting the neighborhood) until they feel the market can bear more skyscrapers and condominiums.

We can't let this happen.

Reports of the project's death are misleading. Ratner can only be stopped if we keep the pressure on politically and especially in court

But, certainly, Ratner's development proposal is facing major obstacles on multiple fronts, and has had nothing but bad news of late. We'll list just a few examples:

> Forest City Ratner is facing the worst recession perhaps since the Great Depression and a frozen credit market.


Legal Challenges


> The eminent domain lawsuit organized by DDDB, and funded through thousands of donations from the community, awaits an argument yet to be scheduled by the court. The project cannot be built without the properties of the 10 brave plaintiffs—homeowners, tenants, and businesses. Forest City Ratner doesn't own the land it needs to build the project, not the arena, not the skyscraper superblocks.

> DDDB, along with 25 community-group co-plaintiffs, is awaiting a ruling on our appeal of the case challenging the state's designation of the project site as "blighted," as well as the project's overall environmental review and approval. The case was argued more than four months ago and we are cautiously optimistic about the ruling.

(You can follow the status of the lawsuits here.)


Bye-bye World Famous Architect Frank Gehry – and Calls for a Cheaper Arena Design

> On January 8th the Daily News, Wall Street Journal, and NY Times all reported on rumors that Frank Gehry is no longer working on the Atlantic Yards project and that Ratner is desperately trying to reduce the cost of the arena, currently priced at nearly $1 billion. Ratner denied that the "starchitect" is off the project, but didn't exactly say that he is still working on it either. Considering that Gehry was used as a major Atlantic Yards marketing and political tool over the past 5 years, his rumored and actual removal is a big problem for the whole Ratner crew.

> A few days after Forest City Ratner announced they are trying to reduce the cost of their billion dollar arena, the project's biggest political booster, Borough President Markowitz, called for...Ratner to reduce the cost of the arena and give it a more "brownstone feel." (An arena with a "brownstone feel?")


Debts, Losses, Falling Stock Prices, and MTA Problems

> Forest City Ratner has a $153 million bridge loan (accrued to $177 million) coming due to Gramercy Capital Corporation in February. Gramercy, a public company, has seen its stock drop from $22 to $1.28 during 2008. The loan was used by Forest City to buy some of the properties they acquired under the threat of eminent domain.

> Forest City Enterprises, the Cleveland-based parent company of Forest City Ratner, has seen its stock price fall from $72 to $7.90 in the past year and a half.

> Forest City Ratner is still carrying a $60 million loan taken in 2005, at interest rates reportedly over 10%, to help cover operating losses on the New Jersey Nets basketball team.

> The New Jersey Nets, owned in part by Forest City Ratner, lost well over $30 million in 2008.

> Barclays Bank, which signed on to a $400 million naming rights deal for the Atlantic Yards arena, is facing substantial problems.

> Forest City Ratner needs to float the arena bond before the end of 2009 or the IRS will no longer grant the triple tax exemption that the developer is depending on—losing the tax exemption would cost them an estimated $170 million.

> Numerous news outlets, most recently the NY Post, have reported that Forest City Ratner is trying to renegotiate its agreement with the MTA to purchase the Vanderbilt Rail Yard and build a "state-of-the-art" new rail yard. The developer doesn't want to pay their low-ball $100 million bid (the 8.3-acre yard was appraised at $214.5 million) up front and wants to build a much cheaper rail yard than they had committed to constructing. The deal between Ratner and the MTA has not closed and no money has exchanged hands on the purchase.


While it is a daunting set of factors working against Ratner, to date the Empire State Development Corporation as lead agency and the Paterson Administration have been completely hands off the state-sponsored debacle brewing at Flatbush and Atlantic, leaving Forest City Ratner in the driver's seat. They have been loath to intervene, and because of that, Ratner trudges onward in his speculative blighting of Prospect Heights.

We strongly believe that it is high time for the state to take action, and start over with the community's plan to develop the rail yards, with truly affordable housing. We urge you to contact the Governor and tell him it is time to pull the plug on the floundering Atlantic Yards plan (mail and phone are best):

Governor David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
Phone: 518-474-8390
Email form.

Other elected officials are here.

Finally, we need (and appreciate) your financial support more than ever to pursue the legal challenges to this ill-conceived project. Without your help in stopping it once and for all, the Atlantic Yards plan remains a daunting threat to our neighborhoods.

You can donate online at this link: www.dddb.net/donate.



Posted: 1.30.09
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Eminent Domain Case
Goldstein et al v. ESDC
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November 24, 2009
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EIS Lawsuit

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Appeal briefs are here.

2/26/09
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