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The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Atlantic Yards
A proposal by the developer Forest City Ratner to build 16 towers and an arena on a 22 acre site in Prospect Heights.

Public Hearing on the Atlantic Yards DSEIS is your chance to demand promises will be kept and neighborhood will be protected

Posted: April 25, 2014 - 11:52am

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 ESDC failed 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.

ESDC will hold a public hearing on Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Long Island University, 75 DeKalb Avenue, Room HS107.Atlantic Yards is the only large State project where decisions are made by a board of political appointees with no local members. It’s time to use this opportunity to tell Governor Cuomo how you feel about giving Forest City Ratner the exclusive right to hold 22 acres of our community hostage for 25 years with no accountability to the public. Join us!Make your voice heard for accountability, transparency and community input in this massive development!

Effectiveness of the Barclays Center Transportation Demand Management Plan

Start Date: 
June 13, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Traffic and transit
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Empire State Development Corporation
Location: 
The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Third Floor Auditorium
121 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
United States
Description: 

How has Barclays Center traffic affected you?

The New York State Empire State Development Corporation invites the community to a meeting on the effectiveness of the Barclays Center Transportation Demand Management Plan.

Representatives of Forest City Ratner Companies and Sam Schwartz Engineering will make a presentation and answer questions.

For more information, contact Derek Lynch, Manager of Atlantic Yards Project, AtlanticYards@esd.ny.gov.

Open to: 
General public

Prospect Heights Street Tree Task Force salvages tree guards for Vanderbilt Avenue

Posted: April 27, 2013 - 1:52pm

When the Prospect Heights Street Tree Task Force heard that Forest City Ratner Companies would cut twenty trees from the northern sidewalk of Pacific Street between Sixth Avenue and Carlton Avenue to make room for construction in the Vanderbilt rail yard, its members joined a chorus of other community members and elected officials in protest. 

Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Committee

Start Date: 
February 7, 2013 - 6:30pm
Categories
Topic : 
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Empire State Development Corporation
Location: 
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn
United States
Description: 

This meeting is a forum for representatives from the community and civic groups to engage elected officials, Empire State Development, FCRC and arena operators regarding issues affecting the quality of life for residents and businesses in close proximity to Barclays Center.

Comments are limited to invited community representatives, but the meeting is open to the public for observation.

Open to: 
Invited guests and general public

Public hearing on scope of Atlantic Yards SEIS

Start Date: 
February 27, 2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Categories
Topic : 
Atlantic Yards
Sponsored By: 
Empire State Development Corporation
Location: 
St. Francis College, Founders Hall
182 Remsen Street
Brooklyn
United States
Description: 

The New York State Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has announced a public hearing to take comments on the draft scope of work for a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for phase 2 of the Atlantic Yards project. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 27 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn.

ESDC was ordered in July 2011 to complete the SEIS by a New York State Supreme Court which found that the agency illegally approved changes to the Atlantic Yards project in 2009. The 2009 changes extended the duration of construction of the project from ten years to twenty-five years. PHNDC was among the plaintiffs bringing suit against the agency.

The draft scope of work was released in December 2012, and is available from the ESDC's web site. It describes the framework and tasks to be performed under the SEIS.

Written comments will also be accepted until 5:00PM on March 14, 2013, and may be submitted by email to atlanticyards@esd.ny.gov.

Open to: 
General public

ESDC announces hearing, public comment period for SEIS

Posted: January 25, 2013 - 7:15pm

The New York State Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) has announced a public hearing to take comments on the draft scope of work for a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for phase 2 of the Atlantic Yards project. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 27 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn.