The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Public hearing on Atlantic Yards delay
Start Date: 
April 30, 2014 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Topic : 
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Empire State Development Corporation
Long Island University
75 DeKalb Avenue Room HS107
Brooklyn, NY
United States

In 2009, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council and several other civic and community-based organizations filed suit against the New York State Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and Forest City Ratner Companies for their decision to allow the completion of the Atlantic Yards project to be delayed from 10 to 25 years. A State Supreme Court ruled in July 2011 that ESDC’s failure to study the effects of the 15-year delay on surrounding communities violated State environmental law.

Now, four and a half years after its illegal approval of the delayed project schedule, ESDC has issued a draft environmental report that claims an additional 15 years of construction won’t be a big deal for our community. The community asked that the State consider bringing in other developers to speed up the project. Can’t be done, it said.

But local residents haven’t forgotten the disruptions they suffered during construction of the Barclays Center arena—disruptions that were supposed to be relieved through environmental commitments by Forest City that ESDCfailed to enforce. And we all know that neighbors in danger of being displaced through rising rents can’t wait 25 years for Atlantic Yards to make good on its commitment to provide 2,250 affordable apartments.


Open to: 
General public