PLEASE WRITE AN IDENTICAL (BUT SEPARATE) LETTER TO BOTH SILVER AND BRUNO.
Or you can use email.
1. Please address your letter to:
Joseph L. Bruno
Please CC the following:
(You can copy and paste this text, to get started. But it's always best to use your own words and thoughts if time permits, and a shorter (even very short) letter is just fine.)
Dear Speaker Silver [or Senator Bruno],
I am writing to voice my strong opposition to the arena/high-rise development proposed by Forest City Ratner (FCR) for Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
The community is extremely concerned with the fact that Brooklyn's largest-ever project is bypassing the city's Uniform Land Use Review Process which allows for community input, public review and a vote by our elected city council members. Such review is critical because:
One of the main objections that we have is that the plan lacks accountability. The State and City have appointed one favored corporation to develop public lands, without holding an open bid or considering competing developers and proposals. Worse yet, the developer has refused to make either the particulars of his design or critical financial information public.
The community is dismayed that 24 acres of prime land is being handed off to a developer with a no-bid contract. And we are extremely troubled with the use (or threat) of eminent domain to take local homes and businesses (including successful, new developments) and demolish them for another new development. But we are not surprised that FCR wants to grab these 24 acres in our beloved Brooklyn— it is very valuable property surrounded by five of Brooklyn's most popular and successful neighborhoods.
Speaker Silver [or Senator Bruno], please do the right thing and call for the development of the railyards at Atlantic Avenue to go through the ULURP process and to be open to an RFP. In spite of what FCR may have told you, other developers and other architects are interested in developing the site in ways that are supported by the community. And in spite of what youve heard from FCRs lobbyists, tens of thousands of local residents adamantly oppose this project.
I hope you will use every means at your disposal to guarantee that New York allows this part of Brooklyn to continue growing in the successful manner it has been doing.
Thank you for your help in dealing with this terribly misguided plan.