The Daily News reports that work has stopped on a railyard site that is to accommodate the troubled Atlantic Yards project. An anonymous Ratner employee tells the News “workers were told two weeks ago to finish up what work they could before a deadline last week.”
A spokesman for developer Forest City Ratner says this amounts to “additional delays because of a pending court case” — that is, the legal fight to subject holdout tenants of the “footprint” to eminent domain seizure. And anyway, he adds, “We’ve gone about as far as we can go at this point with preliminary work.” Atlantic Yards Report disputes that, citing a 2007 affidavit by a Ratner executive stating that their “construction schedule has been carefully drawn to allow the arena to be ready for the 2009-10 season by commencing work now on vacant properties that are owned by FCRC.” Plenty of the work that can be done on Ratner-controlled property remains undone, says AYR.
Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn says this phase of the work was supposed to be finished a year ago, and the stoppage proves that “Ratner does not own the land he needs to build his proposed arena and superblock skyscrapers, and he does not have the financing to build any part of the project.” DDDB calls on Governor Paterson to “pull the plug” on Ratner’s project.