At times it varied, but Forest City Ratner, Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Schumer and a host of Governors promised
anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 construction jobs on the Atlantic Yards project.
According to the most recent arena site observation report call Forest City claimed there are 360 jobs on site right now.
And according to a report from a Community Board 2 board meeting, there are 7, SEVEN, 7 as in s-e-v-e-n local jobs on site right now.
With anywhere from a 1 to 2 billion dollar subsidy for the project, that isn't just a pitiful job record...its downright enervating.
From Fort Green Patch:
Oh, there isn't a single affordable housing unit under construction, either.
...In his presentation to the full board, CB2 member Thomas Conoscenti reported on a visit by James Caldwell, president of Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development (BUILD).
With the help of groups like BUILD, Cognoscenti expressed hope that progress could be made on ensuring that area jobseekers received preference for positions in maintenance, janitorial services and in other operations at the arena.
Despite promises made by developers regarding the economic benefit to neighborhoods adjacent to the Atlantic Yards mega-project, only seven active employees from the area were currently engaged in Barclays Center construction, according to Cognoscenti.
Jobs, Housing and Hoops. Yeah, right.