Continuing to ask the questions that don’t seem to occur to his salaried colleagues in the local media, Atlantic Yards Report’s Norman Oder has recently been digging in to the critical issues of traffic and parking around Forest City Ratner’s massive urban renewal plan for Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Yesterday, Oder questioned the Empire State Development Corporation’s decision to exclude the East River bridge crossings from its public environmental review process.
One huge challenge for the Atlantic Yards project–or any other major development at the crossroads of Atlantic, Flatbush, and Fourth avenues–involves transportation, and the solution involves citywide issues, not merely project-related fixes. That’s why the decision by the Empire State Development Corporation to exclude the East River crossings from the Final Scope of Analysis–the prelude to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Yards project–was so shortsighted, especially since a good chunk of Nets fans are expected to come from New Jersey.
And today, Oder ponders the mystery of how much "interim surface parking" will be included in Forest City’s plans for blocks that are not scheduled to be developed for at least another decade.
Missing from Forest City Ratner’s latest brochure and the AtlanticYards.com web site is any mention of the two huge interim surface parking lots planned for the Atlantic Yards site, in the north central and southeast blocks of the site, blocks that are later slated for towers and landscaped open space. How big? How many spaces? For whom? For how long? We don’t know yet.
Oder’s got the questions. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the answers yet:
No one’s willing to say much for now.