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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

Forest City Ratner Executive Shows True NIMBY Colors in Jersey Zoning Dispute

Forest City Ratner Executive VP Bob Sanna is crying about a zoning variance in Millburn, NJ where a Rabbi wants to build a new synagogue. Sanna—whose Forest City Ratner company eschewed a zoning variance in Brooklyn for its Atlantic Yards project, instead going for a massive state override of all city zoning regulations —is a member of a local organization opposing that variance.

From NorthJersey.com:
"To me, zoning is substantive and relies on infrastructure. There was a certain lifestyle, traffic, population and density in mind when they were created," said [Bob] Sanna.
True in Millburn, we assume, and true in Brooklyn.

And the synaogogue isn't having any of it from the Ratner exec.
[Philip] Pfeffer [the synagogue's attorney] says it is ironic that Mr. Sanna has become a public advocate against the issue of variances. He notes that Sanna is employed with Forest City Ratner Corporation – a large development company in New York.

"Robert Sanna makes his living through development projects that require major variance relief," said Pfeffer. "In his own neighborhood they [variances] are suggested and he says they are inappropriate. This shows his true colors."
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"Ironic" and "true colors" is the nice way of putting it. Ratner attorney Jeffrey Braun would probably call it chutzpah. But Sanna defended himself and the honor of his company:

"My company is engaged in economic development that brings jobs and affordable housing into areas that really need it," said Sanna. "That is quite different from a rabbi who wants a very fancy shul."
Economic development? Like a money losing arena and vaportecture, while creating blight?
"All the projects my company does are 'as of right' projects that don't need zoning variances," said Sanna.

None of his company's projects are "as of right." None, as in zero. Unless by "as of right" he means the right to any zoning they want and the right to steal other people's properties.

Update: Norman Oder gets specific about how bogus Sanna's comments are:
From the scope for a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for AY:

It is anticipated that ESDC, in consultation with the City of New York (City), will: override the New York City Zoning Resolution with respect to use, bulk, (including height, setback, and floor area), signage, parking, and other requirements; the Atlantic Terminal Urban Renewal Plan as it relates to Site 5 and 6A; and the City Map to discontinue and acquire City streets.



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