Before the end of November, New York State’s Public Authorities Control Board (PACB) is expected to be asked to give final approval to the proposed ‘Atlantic Yards’ Nets arena and high-rise project.
However, on October 26th, a number of homeowners, tenants and business owners in the footprint of the proposed ‘Atlantic Yards’ project filed a federal lawsuit challenging the use of eminent domain to evict them from their properties.
I’ve just sent a letter to New York State’s Public Authorities Control Board, asking them to postpone any vote on the fate of the proposed ‘Atlantic Yards’ project until the State’s courts have ruled on the project’s use of eminent domain.
It took me just a couple minutes to send the letter using Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn’s handy letter-writing mechanism – two minutes that could go a long way to stopping or significantly altering Forest City Ratner’s plan to build a massive arena and high-rise complex smack in the middle of historic brownstone neighborhoods.
If built as proposed, the ‘Atlantic Yards’ would:.
–be the biggest private development in Brooklyn’s history.
–cost taxpayers at least $1.6 billion.
–irrevocably alter the low-rise character of Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Park Slope.
–create a nightmare of traffic, noise, pollution and other negative environmental effects.
Won’t you please take TWO MINUTES and join me in sending a letter? Visit dddb.net/php/PACBLetter.php. And please pass this email on; it’s critical that the PACB hear from as many of us as possible by November 15th, because they may be asked to vote before Thanksgiving.
Thanks for helping to make a difference