Saturday, July 18, 2009

As ESDC public hearing approaches, a planned protest and an opportunity to submit comments

The public hearing on July 29 and July 30 will be in four parts, but it's a good bet the first part, on July 29 from 2 pm to 5 pm, will get the most media attention--or, at least, the most electronic media attention.

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) plans a Protest Against Ratner's Rip-Off starting at 1 pm on July 29 outside the Klitgord Auditorium of New York City Technical College.

And, I'd bet, an even larger force of project supporters, notably construction union members and those associated with Community Benefits Agreements signatories, will show up as well.

The ostensible purpose of the hearing is to comment on the 2009 Modified General Project Plan (even though we don't have an updated site plan or official renderings).

But DDDB [corrected] isn't emphasizing efforts to comment on the plan, because it's a done deal. (I had written that they weren't encouraging people to comment; actually, they are also asking people to comment, as well.) The protest, and the project supporters, will all be playing to the cameras.

Written comments

DDDB noticed the ESDC's announcement:

Written comments will receive equal consideration to testimony received at the hearing, and can be submitted via email or U.S. mail.

Email: atlanticyards@empire.state.ny.us
If submitting via email, please indicate in subject line: "Public Comment for Atlantic Yards MGPP."

Mailing address:
ESDC
Attention: Steve Matlin, Senior Counsel
633 Third Avenue, 37th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Deadline for all submission for comments is August 31, 2009 at 5:30pm.

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