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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ratnerville affordable housing Roundup

A co-worker attended the Ratner affordable housing meeting yesterday and came away with some good information. First: she will not qualify on her income, which means they are actually making an effort to hold the properties for families in need. Second, the project will not begin until 2008, giving us a breather here on Dean Street for at least a little while. And third, there will be both rentals and units for sale in the plan, which I hadn't realized.

We had a meeting in our building the other day with speakers from DDDB going on about how the scope and depth of the project is outrageous and there have not been any accommodations made for traffic on subways or roads, schools, waste and electricity management etc....

I am on the fence about the project. While I think that my area will become congested and don't agree with the displacement of hundreds under the auspices of eminent domain, I do think some good may come of developing the railyards into something for the community. No matter what the opponents say, Pacific Street is sketchy, and not in a good old fashioned "character" kinda way that the daily heights crew longs for, but in a harassing women at night drug addled garbage filled shady loiterers kinda way.

Atlantic Yards Report and No Land Grab have some good coverage of the affordable Housing meeting:

Stuckey, Lewis face restive, skeptical crowd at AY housing session

AY Affordable Housing Session Coverage


Anonymous NoLandGrab said...

Thanks for chiming in on the issue.

Too bad your roommate and the press didn't stick around for the more sparsely attended 8:30 session, where the presenters reverted back to their knee-jerk prevaricating ways.

Bertha Lewis had no problem blatantly making up facts, while being contradicted by Forest City Ratner presentation slides projected behind her.

See excerpts from the transcript on NoLandGrab.

Would it be fair to conclude that Ratner thinks the press is smart, but people in need of affordable housing aren't and can't tell they are being misinformed?

7/13/2006 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to guess you live in the Newswalk building, so I cant see how anything about the Ratner plan would make you happy. Everyone wants development on the Vanderbilt railyards but the community should have a say in what that development is. The Extell Plan and The Unity plan follow the Community Guideline Principles. Ratner's Atlantic Yards proposal does not!

7/13/2006 8:51 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

A couple of points: it's not necessary to build the most expensive arena in history (fact) and create the densest neighborhood in the United States (questionable design goal)in order to build affordable housing.

And two: the railyards WILL be developed, if not by Ratner, then by Extell or someone else. It's just too valuable.

All I personally want is a better, more human design. (And arguably, a less giganto-project can be completed in less than the 10-15 years that Pacific Street will otherwise be a construction zone.)

7/13/2006 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Eric M. said...

I don't personally know ANYONE who thinks the rail yards SHOULDN'T be developed. It's just a matter of how. Developing the 8.3-acre rail yard by building a 22-acre project full of skyscrapers, and forcing out existing residents and businesses, seems a little excessive, no? And speaking of sketchy, how did Ratner win the bid for the rail yard from the MTA while offering less money than Extell did?

Pacific Street's inhospitability can be directly linked to two things: the MTA's failure to properly maintain the borders of the rail yard, and Ratner's systematic emptying of the neighborhood in order to claim "blight." Decking the yard, building something in-scale and sensible replete with affordable housing units, and sending Ratner packing would make the area safe - and nice - for everyone.

7/13/2006 10:39 AM  

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