Forest City Ratner: Carlton Ave Bridge Closure “a Bit of a Conundrum”

Norman Oder at Atlantic Yards Report has the details from Wednesday’s public meeting on street closures and traffic changes near the footprint of Bruce Ratner’s Brooklyn arena project. With construction apparently on the verge of ramping up significantly, local electeds, NYCDOT, and representatives of developer Forest City Ratner engaged in a Q&A session as notable for what was left unsaid as for what was revealed.

carlton_bridge.jpgThe Vanderbilt Rail Yards and the rump of the Carlton Avenue bridge. Photo: threecee/Flickr

Forest City Ratner did discuss its failure to reopen the Carlton Avenue bridge. This missing piece of the Prospect Heights/Fort Greene street grid — a critical link for cyclists who use the Manhattan Bridge — was originally expected to be rebuilt two years after closing in January 2008, with Forest City facing a three-year deadline to complete the work before incurring penalties. Now the reconstructed bridge is unlikely to open until 2012 at the earliest, and Oder reports that Forest City’s explanation, along with its timetable, keeps on shifting.

Largely unmentioned at the meeting was Forest City’s intention to construct more than a thousand "interim" surface parking spaces on the site, mostly to store vehicles belonging to their employees and construction workers. Since all this new parking could sit around generating traffic and blighting the landscape for quite some time, neighborhood groups want to know exactly how much would be constructed, and how it will be priced and managed. They didn’t get any answers on Wednesday.

For more on the meeting, head over to Atlantic Yards Report.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

1,100 Space Parking Lot at Issue in Latest Atlantic Yards Fight

|
The latest round of the knock-down drag-out fight over the Atlantic Yards project is underway, and it’s all about parking. At issue is a potential 1,100-space surface parking lot that would be located between Pacific and Dean Streets, just west of Vanderbilt Avenue. That lot has been portrayed as temporary, “interim” parking by the Empire […]

More Trains, But No Free MetroCards or RPP in Barclays Center Plan

|
The MTA will be adding extra transit service on Barclays Center game nights. But past promises of free or discounted MetroCards for arena-goers did not materialize in the transportation demand management plan revealed yesterday by developer Forest City Ratner, which local advocates are calling “too little, too late.” Under the plan to reduce the number of people […]

Bruce’s Way

|
Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, the organization fighting Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards boondoggle, point us to the latest traffic "mitigation" from the Empire State Development Corporation, pictured above. Over at Pacific Street and Sixth Avenue in Prospect Heights, the sidewalk has been transformed into a motor vehicle travel lane. DDDB writes: Yes, they’ve turned the sidewalk […]

Today’s Headlines

|
NIMBYs Triumph Over Bus Riders: No Separated Busway for 34th Street (NYT, News, 2nd Ave Sagas) Weiner Won’t Take a Stand on Livable Streets; De Blasio, Liu Mouth NBBL Talking Points (Post) Liberal Values Go Out the Window When Green Projects Irritate Privileged People (NYT) Casino Tour Bus Crash on Bronx Highway Claims 14 Lives […]