Elected officials ask Empire State Development to intervene in sale of Barclays Center (operating company) to get guarantees for community benefits and responsiveness
See the with letter from the elected officials, at bottom. See also push for new protocols from the Barclays Center Impact Zone Alliance.
According to a letter leaked yesterday to Stephen Witt of Kings County Politics (and posted at bottom), five elected officials are asking Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park and the formal owner of the arena, to intervene in the planned sale of the arena operating company to ensure that community benefits are maintained and arena operating impacts are addressed. They also seek an opportunity for public comment.
- All-Faith Council of Brooklyn, now Faith in Action (supposed to work on clergy-related programs, never did much)
- ACORN (and now successors, responsible for affordable housing, which relies mostly on city agreements)
- Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development, AKA BUILD (responsible for job training, now defunct, part of a recently settled lawsuit)
- Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance, or DBNA (responsible for arena-related programs)
- Downtown Brooklyn Educational Consortium, now Brooklyn Voices for Children (supposed to work on charter schools, never did much)
- First Atlantic Terminal Housing Committee, now Brooklyn Endeavor Experience (supposed to work on environmental issues, never did much)
- New York State Association of Minority Contractors (helping to ensure minority contracting goals, which are just goals, and also separately stated as goals in state contracts outside the CBA)
- Public Housing Communities (didn't do much beyond helping recruit workers at housing projects, which could be done through other means)
As I wrote in October 2013, an extended TCO is nothing new for sports facilities. Yankee Stadium got its Final Certificate of Occupancy after nearly three years, which is faster than Barclays, but Citi Field, which also opened in the spring of 2009, got its document in July 2013, more than four years later.