The developer has already started work on a $1 billion basketball arena for the Nets, the centerpiece of Atlantic Yards, and eventually plans to build 6,000 apartments, office space and possibly a hotel in 16 towers. At least 30 percent of the units are to be for moderate and middle income tenants.(Emphasis added)
That's completely speculative and highly unlikely. That's the announced plan, as approved by the state. We have no idea what the developer plans.
But the Development Agreement allows a project to be far, far smaller, with no penalty. And Forest City Ratner now plans four buildings (including the arena) in Phase 1, rather than six.
That won't add up to 16 towers.
I sent a complaint to the Times and, while I can't prove cause-and-effect, the text later changed:
The developer has started work on a $1 billion basketball arena for the Nets, the centerpiece of Atlantic Yards, and has the right to build 16 towers with up to 6,000 apartments, office space and a hotel.(Emphasis added)