Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Brooklyn Paper: DOH says bait applications for rat problems around arena site have jumped

Five days after the meeting last Thursday on rat problems, the Brooklyn Paper follows up with Rats! Atlantic Yards site is full of rodents.

The headline's a bit off, since the dispute is over whether Forest City Ratner will take control measures outside the site perimeter. But the newspaper did add some statistics that bolster the ample anecdotes:
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said that the department saw an increase in 311 complaints and increased its exterminations significantly in the ZIP codes on and near the project.

The department increased its bait applications from 190 in fiscal year 2010 to 313 in 2011 for the area directly around the arena.

To the east of the arena, bait applications jumped from 179 in 2010 to a whopping 501 in 2011.

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