Thursday, October 01, 2009

The ownership map is finally clarified

So, the deceptive ownership map of the Atlantic Yards footprint finally has been clarified, showing that a reasonable chunk of Block 1129, the southeast block, is not under the developer's ownership or control.

(Note the dark colors--indicating properly privately owned--in the northwest corner of that block, and compare it to the map at bottom, where dark colors indicate property under the developer's control. Click on graphics to enlarge.)


Remember, rather than state that the control of Henry Weinstein's three properties was in dispute, deserving of a neutral color, the Forest City Ratner-produced and Empire State Development Corporation-provided map favored the developer because the color purple suggested that FCR controlled the property, thus limiting the need for eminent domain. Only asterixes indicated the dispute.

Now a court has determined Weinstein controls his property--though, of course, it's destined for condemnation and interim surface parking should the project go forward.

The map above was distributed to ESDC board members at their September 17 meeting. I finally got a copy yesterday.

An old map

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