BROOKLYN, NY—On the day of the opening of Barclays Center, a coalition of community organizations today joined in a protest of Atlantic Yards’ failure to deliver on the promises of local jobs and affordable housing used to win approval for the $5 billion project, and called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York to present a new plan for the site that prioritizes public benefits over the development of luxury housing.
The night before the Barclays Center opening, Brooklyn clergy, elected officials, a large group of demonstrators and the Occupy Guitarmy met by candle light to mourn the division and displacement caused by the Atlantic Yards project, and call for a better future.
Forget about the speeches. The best way to predict what kind of "affordable housing" is planned by Forest City Ratner for Atlantic Yards is to look at the project agreements and bond filings. And it's not what the public was led to expect.
Gib Veconi's blog in Patch describes what little leverage the State has over delivering on the project's affordable housing commitment, and how Forest City is gaming the system to use scarce housing bonds to build studio and one-bedroom apartments for affluent tenants.
For the numbers behind the promises, see http://prospectheights.patch.com/blog_posts/atlantic-yards-affordable-housing-a-net-loss-for-brooklyn.
Are delays in delivering affordable housing due to litigation and the economy or something else? Hear Council Member Letitia James and Candace Carponter explain why only Forest City and the State are to blame for their broken promises.
Before the September 21 Barclays Center ribbon cutting and press tour, Brooklyn community organizations gathered with some very special guests for an alternate ribbon cutting ceremony and press conference. Bobbleheaded versions of Borough President Marty Markowitz, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo and developer Bruce Ratner explained the troubled history of the Barclays Center and Atlantic Yards project and ongoing unfulfilled promises, among them affordable housing and local jobs.