BROOKLYN - Recent reports of the Atlantic Rail Yards project developer possibly scaling back his design are drawing mixed reviews from residents.

Developer Bruce Ratner is reportedly cutting back on the size of the overall project by several hundred feet. Scaling down the buildings would allow Ratner to keep the view of the Williamsburgh Saving Bank, a landmark many residents would miss. While some say any scaling down of the project is good news, others remain firm in not wanting the project in their neighborhood.

The $1 billion development includes a sports arena and residential and office space. Some residents say they are looking forward to the affordable housing units and the new jobs that would be created. The developer declined to comment on the possible scale back of the project.

Public hearings on the Atlantic Rail Yards project will be held on September 12 and September 18 at the New York City College of Technology.

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