Thursday, August 06, 2009

No, Brooklyn’s Tallest Is *Not* Back In Atlantic Yards Plan

In a news analysis headlined Brooklyn’s Tallest Is Back In Atlantic Yards Plan, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle's Dennis Holt takes a look at the 2009 Modified General Project Plan and comes to the wrong conclusion.

He writes:
It requires study, especially the small print, of which there is much, and in reading the small print one discovers on Exhibit C, with no emphasis whatsoever, that the tallest building in Brooklyn is back on the site.

Building 1, which used to be called “Miss Brooklyn,” the visual keystone to the entire project, is to be 620 feet tall.


Actually, that's the maximum height of Building 1. Forest City Ratner has already committed to building the tower at 511 feet.

So, why does the document state 620 feet as the maximum when Forest City Ratner has already committed to a downsizing?

Because changing the height might represent a material change in the project, a change that the Empire State Development Corporation does not want to admit.

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