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The two legislators have not typically allied on Atlantic Yards issues. Jeffries has been a cautious supporter of the project, more or less, while Montgomery has stood in staunch opposition. The legislators, in their July 6 letter, note that more than $300 million has been committed by the city and state to the project and criticize the "eleventh-hour, highly secretive deal" that led to the carve-out.
The carve-out has been estimated by city officials to provide some $300 million in additional benefits. Other public costs and tax exemptions provide more of a public cushion for the project.
The letter also makes reference to the 200 units of for-sale affordable units announced by the developer when the project was approved on 12/20/06. No information has been forthcoming; the legislators ask that the developer confirm the commitment in writing by this Friday, July 13.