Scaled-back Atlantic Yards project rolls ahead with plans to energize Brooklyn

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN - The Atlantic Yards project got the green light Wednesday to build in downtown Brooklyn, but the developer will have to scale back.

The City Planning Commission gave developer Forest City Ratner a unanimous thumbs-up for its project, which includes housing, retail space and an arena for the Nets. However, the commission also called for limits on the size of three skyscrapers. Officials also urged the developer to fulfill its promise to turn some of the apartments into affordable housing. Chairwoman Amanda Burden says she believes the development will re-energize the borough and create investment opportunities.

Some Brooklyn residents and Councilwoman Letitia James (D-35th District) object to Atlantic Yards, saying developer and Nets owner Bruce Ratner hasn?t had an open discussion with the community. James feels the plan does not address traffic tie-ups and cultural impact. The public has until Friday to weigh in on the project, which the state will sign off on or reject by the end of the year.

Related InformationComments must be received by September 29 at 5:30 p.m.Mail to:Maria MooneyESDC633 Third Ave.New York, New York, 10017E-mail: atlanticyards@empire.state.ny.us

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