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The DDDb 10 Plank
Plan for the Coming Months
Immediate implementation of the city°s standard Uniform Land Use Review
Procedure (ULURP) to allow community review of the Ratner Plan. The
City Council must demand that the Mayor and Governor ensure that this
Plan goes through ULURP.
As part of the ULURP process, open public hearings to explore and
establish (a) the best development plan for the MTA/LIRR°s Atlantic
Yards; and (b) the best and most appropriate location for a proposed
Nets arena (possible alternative sites to be considered -- Coney Island,
East New York, Brooklyn Navy Yard, sites to be determined in Queens).
Full public disclosure of all City and State subsidies being requested
by the Developer, including but not limited to: True cost of the rail
yards, based on intended use; moving and/or platforming over the rail
yards; true cost of the city streets to be acquired and demapped;
development and improvement of infrastructure, including (but not
limited to) new and/or upgraded roadways and transit facilities, schools,
police and fire services, sanitation, water, power, etc.; subsidies
to corporate tenants to induce them to occupy the office space; rent
paid by city or state agencies to occupy the office space.
True cost of the project financing borne by NYC and NYS, including
direct underwriting/structuring/legal costs, "float costs", increased
interest rates due to project uncertainties (manifested by lower debt
ratings) associated with bonds and other financial instruments used
to finance the arena, commercial, and residential buildings, infrastructure
or other improvements.
Open bidding process to determine true value of the MTA/LIRR°s Atlantic
Yards site ¬ which Ratner is proposing to use for his development
¬ including an independent, verifiable, published appraisal based
on the intended future use of the site, not its current state
Formal analysis by NYC°s Independent Budget Office, the State and
City Comptrollers, the City Council°s Economic Development Committee
and the State Financial Control Board to establish the economic impact
of the Ratner Plan on the taxpayers of New York City and State
Eminent domain and the threat of eminent domain must NOT be used for
this project. Therefore full public disclosure of the exact boundaries
of the Ratner Plan footprint to determine which residences, businesses
and community resources will be directly affected, must be forthcoming
Public Scoping Hearing to determine which elements of the Ratner Plan
require an environmental impact study and how that study will proceed.
Signed, legally binding guarantees from the developer (or developers)
regarding pollution, noise, and rat abatement if and when construction
Signed, legally-binding contract with the City committing to publicly-promised
job creation and affordable housing targets based on Brooklyn°s median
income, with clear definitions and specific numbers for all categories.
Approval by City Council, State Assembly and State Senate of any Memorandum
of Understanding executed by unaccountable state corporations and/or
authorities (MTA, ESDC) and a private developer that commit any city
or state subsidies to the project.
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Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with NYC and NY State.
with NYC & NYS
Letter to Forest City Ratner
Destroy Brooklyn is advocating to bring greater transparency,
government accountability and community involvement to the
development of the Atlantic Yards area in Brooklyn. We challenge
Bruce Ratner's proposed Nets Arena and 17 Highrise development
plan for the area.
is Ratner proposing?
People in Brooklyn may want the Nets, but no one
wants a secret, taxpayer- subsidized sweetheart deal forced
on Brooklynâ€™s communities. We want a development plan
that's good for Brooklyn, not simply good for Mr. Ratner and
wrong with Ratner's proposal?
Develop-Donâ€™t Destroy Brooklyn leads a broad-based
community coalition fighting for development that will unite
our communities instead of dividing and destroying them.
list of achievements.
Wednesday, March 16, 12pm. Forest City-Atlantic Yards Informational Luncheon. Gargiulo's Restaurant 2911-15 West 15th Street, Coney Island. POSTPONED.POSTPONED.
The Chamber of Commerce event is billed as "A presentation to formally introduce the Atlantic Yards project to businesses in the outer parts of the borough.Â The presentation will cover how the project will benefit all Brooklyn businesses."
Come, let them know the reality and have some good food.
Chamber Members and Non Chambers Members Free.Â Contact: Yuk Ling Lo 718-875-1000 ext. 116. More info.
Wednesday, March 16, 7:30pm. Thy Neighbor's House: A Forum on Inclusionary Zoning and Affordable Housing in New York City.
Old First Reformed Church
126 Seventh Avenue (@ Carroll Street) Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Good zoning laws can preserve housing for poor and middle-income people. We want to maintain the economic and cultural diversity of our neighborhoods.Â What's the way forward? Is there hope?Â How can we do this?
Featuring Brad Lander, Director, Pratt Institute Center for Community & Environmental Development (PICCED) and David Yassky, New York City Council Member, 33rd District
Sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Old First Reformed Church, the Fifth Avenue Committee and Park Slope Neighbors.Â .
Thursday, March 17, 7pm. CENTRAL BROOKLYN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS: Candidate Forum. Park Slope United Methodist Church, 6th Ave. & 8th Street in the basement (enter through the garden gate on 6th Ave). Candidate Forum
-- Gifford Miller, candidate for Mayor
-- Norman Siegel, candidate for Public Advocate
The public is welcome to monthly Club meetings. Refreshments will be served. More info.
The UNTY Development Plan initiated by Councilwoman
Letitia James (PDF)
Land Grab.net: Archives of news articles and letters from
For Fair Play.com: Challenging Bruce Ratner's Brooklyn
Atlantic Yards Project
York Games.org: News and Views on the New York Olympic
Bid/And Ratner's Arena Proposal
Field of Schemes: The
Source on Stadium Scams/Schemes
on the Slope Blog: Chronicling the Brooklynization of two
Good Blogging Coverage of Ratner and Real Estate
Domain Watch: A Blog About Eminent Domain in the News
The online resource for residential tenants
YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMBERS
YORK STATE SENATORS
Velmanette Montgomery's Website
PRESIDENT MARTY MARKOWITZ
YORK STATE CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN
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