Monday, July 13, 2009

Forest City Ratner to answer (written) questions at "informational meeting" July 22; when will new arena design be released?

One week before the official two-day public hearing (July 29 and 30) on Atlantic Yards to be held by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 & 8 on July 22 will hold "an Informational Meeting to hear an updated presentation on proposed modifications to the Atlantic Yards Development General Project Plan."

The notice states: "At this meeting proposed modifications to the plan will be presented by representatives for the New York State Empire Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner Companies. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for questions (to be submitted in writing) and answers."

In other words, don't expect Forest City Ratner representatives to be pressed to answer questions. Remember, they refused to attend the May 29 state Senate oversight hearing at Pratt Institute.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 pm on July 22 at Long Island University's Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center, Room 107 (enter Dekalb Avenue, off Flatbush Avenue).

Should we expect the Rev. Herbert Daughtry to continue to heckle?

New arena designs

Forest City Ratner has promised that the renderings of the arena that have emerged are preliminary, and that new designs will be released.

The question: will the new designs be released just on the eve of the informational meeting, or just on the eve of the public hearing?

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