| Bruce Ratner's "Atlantic Yards" proposal
in Prospect Heights, in the heart of historic Brownstone Brooklyn
envisions a 22
acre footprint–1.3 times that of the World Trade
Center site–and includes:
The plan is the largest single-source development plan
ever proposed in New York City.
- a 20,000-seat arena
- 16 high-rise towers ranging in height from 20 to 55 stories
- 6,860 housing units
- 606,000 square feet of office space
- 247,000 square feet of retail space
We support development, affordable housing construction, and job creation,
and those goals are to be encouraged, to be sure, but not
on the terms forced upon us by Forest City Ratner's proposal.
Below is the Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn position
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statement in pdf format)
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn Position Statement
People in Brooklyn may want the Nets, but...
wants a destructive, secret, taxpayer-subsidized sweetheart deal forced
on the community. We want a development plan that maximizes its benefits
for Brooklyn, rather than for a development company. We believe that
Brooklyn and New York City deserve much better than what Forest City
Ratner has proposed, which repeats the urban renewal mistakes of the
past which cannot allow to happen.
DESTROY BROOKLYN leads a broad-based community coalition
fighting for development that unites our communities instead of dividing
and destroying them.
WE OPPOSE the anti-democratic process that Forest
City Ratner has used, and continues to use, to push its arena and
skyscraper development plan on the people of Brooklyn without our
input or consent.
WE SUPPORT community-based
proposals and a fair, public, democratic, and transparent development
process. We support proposals that allow our communities, the people
who live, work and run small businesses in Brooklyn, to shape our
futures. This is best accomplished through the City's ULURP process.
(The UNITY Community Development Plan for the Atlantic Rail Yards
can be found at: www.dddb.net/public/UNITY.pdf)
WE SUPPORT local hiring, local businesses,
sustainable jobs, job training, career development and affordable
WE SUPPORT utilizing the Brooklyn
model of horizontal density found in the communities surrounding the
proposed site, as well as development that has the least possible
negative environmental impact on our communities.
SUPPORT an RFP (Request for Proposals), open-bidding for
multiple developers, and an independent appraisal for the MTA-owned
WE OPPOSE the use of eminent
domain for Mr. Ratner's private development; its use for this proposal
is inappropriate, abusive, and appears to be unconstitutional.
WE OPPOSE the use of taxpayer subsidies for
a private arena. We oppose the use of taxpayer subsidies for a high-rise,
private, for-profit development in low-rise Brooklyn neighborhoods.