FORT GREENE - Brooklyn community groups got a big boost Tuesday from national preservationists in their fight to scale back the Atlantic Yards project.

The private, nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation and nonprofit Scenic America joined BrooklynSpeaks in Fort Greene to raise questions about the project?s planned skyscrapers. BrooklynSpeaks, which consists of nine local civic groups, says the Prospect Heights buildings will cast shadows as far away as Fort Green Park. Critics are upset residents in nearby brownstones may be deprived of sunlight they?ve enjoyed for years.

The City Planning Commission gave developer Forrest City Ratner the green light in September. However, the panel also voiced concerns about the size of the buildings. The developer is building 16 towers and an arena for the Nets on a 22-acre site. The project will contain retail and housing space.

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