A Message from our friends at the Dean Street Block Association

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The next weeks are very important for the future shape of our community, perhaps the most important in years. If we all work together, we can make a difference.

In 2009 New York State and Forest City Ratner broke the law when they failed to assess how our community may be negatively impacted by twenty-five years of Atlantic Yards construction instead of ten. They chose to put us at risk in order to secure expiring federal tax abatements for the arena. Together, with the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, we sued and won.

Finally, as part of a court ordered process, a hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 30th, and we can submit written statements until May 12th. Our block association is coordinating an effort to get local residents to speak at the hearing on the 30th, and also to write personal statements for the 12th.

Our quality of life is directly impacted by the way the project is implemented and operated, whether built quickly or slowly. For years residents have documented violations of environmental commitments related to negative impacts like air quality and noise that the State of New York has failed to enforce. For years we have looked at chain link fences and watched our street trees cut down without a credible replacement timetable. The first demolitions related to Atlantic Yards took place nine years ago, and construction of the sixteen high rises, affordable housing and open space in the project has just barely begun. Construction may take a generation or more.

Together with other local civic organizations, Dean Street Block Association has identified a few specific goals we think moving forward will most help those of us impacted by the project. First, we seek new oversight for the project by a dedicated public development corporation or subsidiary with a board that includes directors appointed in conjunction with local elected officials. We also seek improved oversight of environmental impacts, most especially those related to construction. Forest City Ratner is attempting to sell 70% of the project to the Chinese developer Greenland. Decisions will be made by a 5 member board, with 3 votes for Greenland and 2 for FCRC. We believe poor responsiveness to community concerns, and lack of accountability to the public, may only get worse.

You do not have to be an expert on Atlantic Yards to come and speak. We want you to come and show you care about our community. Talking about where you live, who you are, and that you care about our quality of life will make a difference.

If you can attend the hearing on the 30th and/or you are able to prepare a written statement, please contact pkrashes@earthlink.net If you need help getting to the hearing, let us know. And please encourage your friends and neighbors to come as well.

PUBLIC HEARING TO RESPOND TO THE DRAFT SEIS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 FROM 5:30 TO 9 PM
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, 75 DEKALB AVENUE, ROOM HS 107

Demystifying Landmarks: A Panel Discussion at Brooklyn Historical Society

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You own a brownstone or live in a landmarked district, but what happens when you want to make a repair or change? Learn about what the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission does, what your neighborhood association can do, the research resources Brooklyn Historical Society can provide, and your neighbors’ experiences. Panelists include Tom van den Bout, architect and former Brooklyn Heights Association President, William Neeley, Jr., Deputy Director of Preservation at NYC Landmarks, Elizabeth Call, Head of Reference and User Services at BHS, as well Prospect Heights homeowner Leslie Feder and a local building manager. This panel will give attendees practical tips on how to navigate a construction or renovation project through the Landmarks approval process.

$5/Free for BHS Members
Reserve tickets

Date: Tue, Apr 29
Time: 6:30pm

Place:
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Affordable Housing at Atlantic Yards

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On November 15, thirteen elected officials representing residents of communities near Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project came together to demand a new agreement for affordable housing at the site as a condition approving Forest City’s proposed sale of a majority interest in the plan to a foreign developer.

The representatives called for a court-ordered study of alternatives to be completed to make sure Brooklynites and the people of New York State get the best deal possible for their tax dollars. And they called for representative oversight of the project going forward to make sure this time promises are kept.

Now it’s your turn. Sign this online petition to speak up with more than a dozen local elected officials in demanding Governor Cuomo not allow Forest City to take its money out of Atlantic Yards without real guarantees that the promises it made for hundreds of millions in public subsidies will be kept.

SIGN THE PETITION

Dear Governor Cuomo:

Forest City Ratner promised the people of Brooklyn 2,250 affordable apartments at the Atlantic Yards project in exchange for hundreds of millions in public subsidies. Then it pushed back completing that housing for 25 years. Now Forest City wants to pull its money out of the project by selling a majority interest to a foreign developer.

That’s an outrage to thousands of families in danger of displacement, and it’s a raw deal for the taxpayers of New York State.

Brooklyn’s elected officials have said the State should allow the sale only if there are new guarantees for affordable housing to be delivered when originally promised and appropriate oversight to make sure they’re enforced. I agree, and call on you to direct the Empire State Development Corporation not to let the deal move forward until those conditions are met.

Meeting on First Residential Building at Atlantic Yards

The EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT in conjunction with BROOKLYN COMMUNITY BOARDS 2, 6 & 8  invite you to an informational meeting on the design of “B2″, the first residential building at Atlantic Yards, which will be 50% affordable. Representatives of the developer will make a presentation and answer questions.

Thursday, November 29, 2012
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Brooklyn Borough Hall – Courtroom
209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn

For more information contact Arana Hankin, Director, Atlantic Yards Project at AtlanticYards@esd.ny.gov.

Please note: This meeting will present the design for the new building, no applications will be taken for the affordable housing.

1 low-income apartment available

Community Counseling and Mediation (CCM), Georgia’s Place, located at 961 Prospect Place (at Bedford Avenue), has one low-income apartment available for an individual whose income falls between the range of $24,800 to 33,660 annually. CCM has been trying to find an occupant for the apartment since January 2012 to no avail. If you or anyone you know is in need of permanent, stable, and affordable housing, please contact CCM at 718-802-0666.

Town Hall Meeting on Tenants’ Rights and Housing Affordability

Calling tenants from Brooklyn and Queens:

  • Are you tired of soaring rents?
  • Is your community facing the pressures of gentrification?
  • Do you believe tenants need stronger protections NOW?
Come to a town hall meeting on tenants’ rights and housing affordability. Dinner will be provided.

Wednesday, May 23, 6PM
Lafayette Presbyterian, 85 S. Oxford St.

 

 

Foreclosure Help

Are you facing FORECLOSURE?

Do you need FREE LEGAL HELP?

NYLAG WILL BE BRINGING ITS FREE MOBILE LEGAL CLINIC TO:
CHCMC (256 KINGSTON AVE.)
WEDNESDAY, May 16th
10 AM – 2 PM

CALL 718-773-6886 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
OR COME BY OUR OFFICE:
CROWN HEIGHTS COMMUNITY MEDIATION CENTER
256 KINGSTON AVE (BTW LINCOLN & ST JOHNS)

Please print out this flyer to post in the community