Notice of Public Scoping for Atlantic Yards Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

January 26, 2013

Dear Community,

Attached to this email is the Notice of Public Scoping for a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. A public scoping meeting has been scheduled to obtain comments on the draft scope of work for the DSEIS.  

The meeting will be held on February 27, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at St. Francis College, Founders Hall, 182 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, New York.  [map]

Copies of the draft scope of analysis may be obtained from ESD’s Web site, www.esd.ny.gov/AtlanticYards, or may be requested through the contact information provided below.  Comments on the draft scope of work may be presented by members of the public or any interested party at the public scoping meeting or submitted in writing to: Empire State Development (Attn: Atlantic Yards), 633 Third Avenue, 37th floor, New York, NY 10017, atlanticyards@esd.ny.gov.  Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on March 14, 2013.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions and thank you for your continued interest in the Atlantic Yards Project.

Regards,

Derek

Derek Lynch | Manager, Atlantic Yards Project
Community/Government Relations
Empire State Development
(646) 581-6092: Cell
(212 803-3736: Office
dlynch@esd.ny.gov


TWO IMPORTANT MEETINGS AND A PARTY!

November 28, 2012

Informational Meeting on B2 Design

Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Courtroom at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street 

Find out the details of B2, a new 35 story residential tower that will be located at the corner of Dean Street and Flatbush adjacent to the arena.  How is it going to affect the community in relation to sidewalks and open spaces, parking, housing affordability, construction impacts?

 

Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Committee Meeting 

Thursday, December 6, 2012 @ 6:30
78th Precinct, 65 6th Avenue (btwn. Dean and Bergen) 

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.  Attend to help raise concerns about concert noise, unruly crowds, parking, idling limos and trucks, etc.

 

Dean Street Block Association Holiday Potluck

Sunday, December 16th   –  Save the date!

Everyone including family and friends are welcome to the block association’s annual holiday potluck.


Barclays Center Neighborhood Protection Meeting – Tomorrow (September 5)

September 4, 2012

When:   Wednesday, September 5, 2012    7:00pm

Where: Iglesia Latina Evengelica, 506 Bergen St. (between 6th and Carlton Avenues)

Join Ashley Cotton and Jane Marshall of Forest City Ratner in a discussion about protecting the quality of life of those living and working near Barclays Center once it opens.  Issues include crowd control, safety, clean streets and sidewalks, traffic, parking and more. Bring your questions and concerns.

Read the proposed Neighborhood Protection Plan sponsored by local elected officials and civic groups representing areas surrounding Barclays Center:  http://www.atlanticyardswatch.net/node/836

 

Sponsored by 

Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, www.phndc.org

Park Slope Civic Council, www.parkslopeciviccouncil.org

Boerum Hill Association, www.boerumhillassociation.org


BrooklynSpeaks asks: Should arena crowds really be able to drink all night?

May 10, 2012

In Chicago, Wrigley Field is allowed to host only 30 evening events a year. Liquor sales must end no later than 9:30PM. And any changes to that policy have to be approved by the Chicago City Council.

You’d think that the people of Brooklyn deserve no less respect.

Not according to Barclays Center, which has applied for a license that would allow it to keep serving alcohol up to the 4AM State limit in an 18,000-seat arena. Sure, the NBA has a policy that requires liquor sales to end after the third quarter. But basketball only accounts for 40 of the expected 220 events to be held at the arena each year. And Barclays’ application isn’t even limited to serving drinks at arena events. (Arena plans include four club/lounge areas.)

We all know that the history of Atlantic Yards has been one blanket approval by government after another, with little oversight afterward. But isn’t this getting ridiculous?

Click here to tell the New York State Liquor Authority and Governor Cuomo that Barlcays’ liquor license must be appropriate for the residential neighborhoods in which it is situated, and through which patrons will travel on their way home. Require drink sales to end after half time at a NBA game, 45 minutes before the end of an event, or 10PM, whichever comes first. And only permit alcohol to be sold during ticketed arena events.

Sign the petition now!

 


Barclays Center Satellite Uplink Parking Lot at Dean Street and 6th Avenue

April 19, 2012

Community Board 8 needs to hear responses from individual community members about the proposed use of the parking lot on 6th Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets as a “satellite uplink parking lot” for the Barclays Center.

Before the onset of the project the lot was townhouses. Now it is being used for 78th Precinct employee parking. The plan is that it be used by vans and trucks to broadcast arena events.  There is a risk the operation of the lot will impact on residents. We do not know how long it will be in place.

Please send comments to Community Board 8:  info@brooklyncb8.org  

The deadline is Friday the 20th.

Please let Peter Krashes (pkrashes@earthlink.net) know if you have sent a comment. Feel free to write what you want.   

Our block association sent a letter to the community board asking for a set of conditions to improve the proposed uses’ relationship to the community. We requested the following from FCRC and the arena management:

  • A party and line of command, clearly identified to the community, responsible for education, continuous monitoring, and strict enforcement of the use of this lot, especially as concerns the use of noisy equipment and illegal truck idling.
  • A commitment that the sidewalk adjoining the lot will be kept clear for pedestrians at all times.
  • A commitment that screening will surround the lot, and that said screening will provide a pleasant visual buffer for residents.
  • Restoration of street trees on the perimeter of the lot, such as existed before the onset of the project.
  • A commitment to ensure the use of only directional lighting, which will prevent off- site light intrusion for nearby residents.

See the block association letter here : Barclays Center Satellite Uplink Parking Lot Letter (pdf)


Court of Appeals agrees: 2009 Atlantic Yards plan approved illegally

April 12, 2012

BrooklynSpeaks sponsors demand Governor and Mayor intervene to reduce project impacts, deliver promised housing and jobs

Contact:   Gib Veconi – 917.881.0401

Jo Anne Simon – 917.685.3747

BROOKLYN, April 12, 2012: In a unanimous decision, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court today found that Justice Marcy Friedman correctly ruled in July 2011 that the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC) 2009 approval of Atlantic Yards’ Modified General Project Plan violated State environmental law. Among other changes, the plan renegotiated in 2009 between the State and Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) extended Atlantic Yards’ construction schedule from 10 to 25 years. Justice Friedman’s order that the ESDC conduct additional environmental analyses and revisit the project plan will remain in effect.

“ESDC’s decision to appeal was deeply disappointing both to the community and to its elected representatives, who had pressed the agency to comply with the court order,” said Jo Anne Simon, 52nd District Democratic Leader. “Now that the Appellate Division has upheld the lower court’s decision, we strongly urge Governor Cuomo to act to restore credibility to this process, and direct his agency to conduct a thorough and transparent assessment of the environmental impact of this project on central Brooklyn that involves our communities in a meaningful way.”

BrooklynSpeaks sponsors had argued against the appeal, contending that ESDC fast-tracked its approval of the 2009 schedule concessions demanded by Forest City in order to allow FCRC to meet a deadline necessary for its arena bonds to qualify as tax-exempt. “ESDC’s actions saved the developer hundreds of millions in interest payments,” said Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director of the Fifth Avenue Committee, “but at the cost of thousands of units of affordable housing being delayed for decades. The Appellate Division ruling gives the Governor an opportunity to put the project’s public benefits back on the schedule promised.”

The Appellate Division rejected arguments by ESDC and Forest City that the impacts of 25 years of construction to surrounding neighborhoods were likely to be less severe than if Atlantic Yards were completed in 10 years, writing that such a conclusion “is not based on any technical studies of the environmental impacts of protracted construction. It is supported by the mere assertion that the build-out will result in prolonged but less “intense” construction and that most environmental impacts are driven by intensity rather than duration.” Significantly, the Appellate Division noted that ESDC “failed to consider an alternative scenario in which years go by before any Phase II construction is commenced — a scenario in which area residents must tolerate vacant lots, above-ground arena parking, and Phase II construction staging for decades.”

“In the two years since this suit was filed, nearby communities have had a ringside view of continued violations of Atlantic Yards’ stated commitments on air quality, noise and truck safety,” said Danae Oratowski, Chair of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council. “Less than six months before Barclays Center opens, we have yet to see the developer’s plans for parking and traffic management, or the City’s plans for crowd control and security. Today’s ruling should be a wake-up call for Mayor Bloomberg to engage the community and work together both to limit the impacts of continued construction, as well as to reduce the effect of the operation of an arena amid historic residential neighborhoods.”

“ESDC not only has allowed Forest City Ratner to steamroll local residents and their elected representatives, but has also played a role in violating State law to the developer’s advantage,” said Howard Kolins, President of the Boerum Hill Association. “Taken together with recent revelations of Forest City’s connection to political corruption cases in Brooklyn and Yonkers, today’s ruling shows the need to reform oversight of Atlantic Yards is more urgent than ever. The New York State Assembly has already passed legislation requiring ESDC to create a subsidiary to oversee the project. We now need swift action on the bill by the State Senate, and a commitment by Governor Cuomo to ensure Atlantic Yards is accountable to the public.”


Speak up for residential permit parking in central Brooklyn!

October 31, 2011

What:  Hearing of the New York City Council Committee on State and Federal Legislation

When:  Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Where:  250 Broadway, 14th Floor

According to the Empire State Development Corporation, when the Barclays Center opens in September 2012, an expected 35-40% of arena patrons will arrive for events by car. That means as many as 6,100 cars travelling to the site for each of the more than 200 events anticipated to be held each year. This barrage of traffic is expected to cause significant delays at more than half of the intersections within a half mile of the arena. It will add to the vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle accidents that have already make Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn’s most dangerous road. And it will result in up to 3,000 arena patrons taking curbside parking spots in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights, clogging already-congested residential side streets.

Among all of the impacts to neighborhood character and quality of life that will come from locating Atlantic Yards’ arena within residential communities, none are of greater consequence to more residents than the traffic generated by arena events. But there is a way to reduce the demand for our local streets. It’s called “residential permit parking,” or RPP, and it’s been effective in other cities, like Boston and Chicago, where sports facilities are located in densely-populated areas. By limiting on-street parking during arena events to local residents, RPP will create a disincentive for arena patrons to drive, reducing congestion and making streets safer.

New York City requires authorization from the State legislature before it can implement RPP. On Wednesday, 11/2 at 10:30AM, the City Council will hear testimony on legislation authorizing the City to enact residential permit parking programs in the five boroughs. The BrooklynSpeaks sponsors urge you to participate in this critical hearing and make your voice heard.

Please email BrooklynSpeaks with your plans to attend and interest in testifying, and thanks for speaking up!


Atlantic Yards 2011: Real Governance Matters

June 7, 2011

It’s been more than a year since Atlantic Yards broke ground, and more than four years since the project was approved. Now construction may take 25 years or longer. Promised jobs and affordable housing haven’t materialized, while hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars have been spent already.

Join the BrooklynSpeaks sponsors , Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and other local elected officials Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 2:00PM at Atlantic Terrace for a community forum on real reform of Atlantic Yards oversight. Find out what community organizations and local legislators are doing to make Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation accountable to Brooklyn and to New York City.

http://www.phndc.org/events/atlantic-yards-2011-real-governance-matters

June 11, 2011 – 2:00pm
Atlantic Terrace
673 Atlantic Avenue (corner of South Portland Street)

One Minute Voices – Episode 2 – Doug

June 6, 2011

This is the second episode in a series of one-minute, casual, interviews with people who live and work in the neighborhood of the Dean Street Block Association (DSBA), 6th to Vanderbilt Avenues, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York. This episode is an interview with Doug, a 17-year resident of Dean Street.

Yes, I know this episode is much longer than one minute (the entire conversation was about 10 minutes). Rules are meant to be broken, right?

Do you live or work in the area? Would you like to add about 60 seconds of your voice to the conversation? If so, contact me at tc[at]3c[dot]com.


One Minute Voices – Episode 1 – Abdul

June 1, 2011

This is the first in a series of one-minute casual interviews with people who live and work in the neighborhood of the Dean Street Block Association (DSBA), 6th to Vanderbilt Avenues, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York.

This first episode is an interview with Abdul, one of the owners of the Dubai Mini Mart at 486 Dean Street at 6th Avenue. The store sits diagonally across from the southeast corner of the under-construction Barclays Center of the Atlantic Yards project.

Do you live or work in the area? Would you like to add about 60 seconds of your voice to the conversation? If so, contact me at tc[at]threeCeeMedia[dot]com.


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