Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Downtown Brooklyn Landrush

Duffield Street Hotel Site

We're a day late and a dollar short in getting to this, but it's worth noting that in this week's Village Voice, Neil deMause deals with the mega-development in the making called Downtown Brooklyn and the collateral damage in the form of people being evicted to make way for the new development. It is not a pretty picture, and it is a story that has been overshadowed by Atlantic Yards and other development-related issues. A couple of copy and pastes from the story:
While Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards megaproject and the insta-towers popping up across Williamsburg have gotten more attention, an equally big land rush is stalking downtown Brooklyn in the wake of a rezoning approved by the city in 2004. Around the corner from...Willoughby West, the city is planning to raze a half-block of buildings to make way for a public plaza and underground parking garage for a Sheraton hotel already under construction across the street....

Another block east, Albee Square Mall merchants wait anxiously for word of their fate after its owner (and would-be Coney Island condo builder) Joe Sitt of Thor Equities sold the property to a consortium with rumored plans for a 60-story tower of condos, offices, and shops.
It is a long article with a lot of detail and definitely worth adding to this week's information consumption list.

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