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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

Does 2037 Work for You?

Forest City Ratner just can't seem to keep its many little helpers reading from the same page.  First Frank Gehry crankily announces that the whole project is dead, and now ESDC CEO Marisa Lago suggests that groundbreaking will occur in 2010.  As Norman Oder demonstrates, that could easily push the first season for the Nets in Brooklyn out into 2013--a major revision from the developer's current official promise of 2011. 

So what? Most Brooklynites who are not on on Ratner's payroll aren't exactly breathlessly awaiting the Nets' arrival. The people most disheartened by this news should be FCR's investors, who are looking at an extra two years of money down the drain as the hapless Nets thrash around somewhere in New Jersey playing to half-empty arenas. 

But the biggest implications are for the time frame of the rest of the project. All of the promised community benefits--affordable housing, jobs, greenspace, and so on--aren't likely to arrive as briskly as the tardy arena, and will probably await further installments of the project. 

And when is that likely to happen in the Ratner world of receding timelines?  While not strictly comparable--in the sense that the current AY plan is primarily residential--new research on the future of the World Trade Center buildings gives a sense of what kind of truly remarkable dates are possible in the brave new world of post-meltdown New York real estate. The forecast: One World Trade Center, which the Port Authority is building, will not be fully occupied until 2018. Tower 2 will not be completely rented until 2025 andTower 3 will not be fully leased until 2037

The timeline of Atlantic Yards needs a similarly clear-eyed reassessment.  The use of eminent domain and public subsidies are based on promised benefits on a certain timeline--and it would be useful to at least know approximately which decade we're talking about.   

Posted: 4.17.09
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