Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership's AY fig leaves

You'd think the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) would've gotten this right, especially since its representatives last month testified in favor of Atlantic Yards before the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Empire State Development Corporation.

However, it claims on its web site that Atlantic Yards would be "built over the rail yards near Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues...."

For the record, Atlantic Yards would cover 22 acres; the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Vanderbilt Yard is about 8.5 acres. The project can't be built over the rail yards.

Also, some of the numbers are off; as approved in December 2006, the project would include 6430 housing units, a reduction from the 6800 once promised and stated on the DBP web site. There is no plan as of now for hotel space.

And, of course, the Atlantic Yards site is not in Downtown Brooklyn, but would extend it.

Why bother with these seemingly minor issues? Because some people unfamiliar with the project may take the DBP's representations at face value.

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