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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

If Ratner Can't Do Beekman Tower, How on Earth Can He Do Atlantic Yards?

So. Let's see. Forest City Ratner, it appears, is going to stop 38 stories short of its 76-story, 900-unit Downtown Manhattan, Frank Gehry designed tower, which is already well underway. But the same Forest City Ratner claims it can finance and build a one-billion-dollar-18,000-seat arena and 16 skyscrapers including a hotel, an office tower and 6,430 units of housing, aka the as-of-yet commenced $4 billion Atlantic Yards project.

And the only things stopping the Atlantic Yards project are lawsuits...so they say.


Which lawsuit is forcing them to cut half of their Gehry/Beekman tower?

WNYC reported on this this morning. But there is slightly more comment from Ratner in this Crain's article.
Developer cuts tower from 76 stories to 38
Gehry Tower near City Hall put on hold 38 stories short of goal.

The Beekman Tower, the Frank Gehry-designed luxury rental building in lower Manhattan, has been put on hold 38 stories short of its planned height of 76 floors.

Developer Forest City Ratner Cos. says that work will continue on the lower stories, but added that no additional floors will be added pending an evaluation of costs.

The tower will have a 100,000 square-foot public school for pre-K and eighth graders, ground floor retail space, and an ambulatory care center for its next door neighbor—the New York Downtown Hospital. The building was to have roughly 900 apartments with stunning views of lower Manhattan and the nearby Brooklyn Bridge and was expected to open next year.

“Given the current economy, we are conducting a study to assess costs, risks and overall timing,” said a spokesperson for the company, in a statement. “Work is continuing on the building including on the school and we should have some conclusive answers shortly.”

The spokesperson also said that the school is still scheduled to open in time for fall 2010, but declined to comment further. The city’s Department of Education could not be reached immediately for comment.

This sounds a lot like what Forest City Ratner said about Atlantic Yards when it halted all work this past December. To wit: Spokesman Joe DePlasco told The Times, "We are continuing to speak with many arena experts and working hard to find ways to build a world class venue in an incredibly difficult economic environment."

And aNets CEO Brett Yormark saying last year that they'd open the Barclays Center arena in 2010 and just last week saying they'll open in 2011 and, according to last week's Bloomberg News fluff piece: "Yormark said the Bruce Ratner-owned team is awaiting resolution of an eminent-domain lawsuit before breaking ground on the Barclays Center. That may come in late spring or early summer, Ratner spokesman Barry Baum said in an e-mail. He declined to be more specific."

The Crain's article continues:

...Last year, Forest City Ratner closed $680 million in financing for the mixed-used development—the largest construction loan in the company’s history. It was seen as one of the few projects in the city that was bucking the overall real estate meltdown as construction continued. Construction on the foundation of the Beekman Tower began in 2006...

Forest City Ratner secured the financing for the whole 76 stories last year, and made a big deal about it. But now they're stopping? Why are they stopping if they have the financing?

Yet New York State is still supporting Atlantic Yards, and the arena, for which Forest City has secured NO financing. Nobody really knows what the arena cost is, though the last reported estimate one year ago was $950 million. And the City and State are holding the arena construction cost as a super-duper state secret.

The State's continued, unconditional and unreflective support, even with this recent news of the developer's Downtown Manhattan failings, is incredibly reckless.

Maybe we can get some answers? Simple ones, like the estimated cost of the arena.

Forest City Enterprises stock closed today at $3.98, down 11.75% for the day and down from a high of $80 nearly two years ago.

Posted: 3.19.09
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