Monday, July 14, 2008

Missing the point on the Prospect Heights landmarking & AY

A New York Sun article today, headlined Landmarks May Stem Atlantic Yards Area Development, misses the point:
Opponents of the Atlantic Yards development project in Brooklyn are focusing on a new way to hem in the $4 billion development project: the landmark protection process.


Those most supporting the landmarking process are not major opponents of Atlantic Yards; the Municipal Art Society, for example, wants to "mend it, not end it," via the BrooklynSpeaks coalition. Given the scope of the proposed district, the headline would better have read: Landmarks May Stem Prospect Heights Overdevelopment.

The article continues:
The city's Landmarks Preservation Commission is holding a hearing tomorrow to "calendar" a proposed historic district for the Prospect Heights neighborhood, the first significant step needed for the area to receive the protected historic district status.

While none of the footprint of the current Atlantic Yards project would be affected by the proposed designation, it would create a surrounding area that could hinder further expansion.

...."What it would do is serve as a buffer against Atlantic Yards and halt other construction in the area that is out of scale," the City Council member who represents the area, Letitia James, who has been pushing the designation for a number of years, said in an interview yesterday.

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