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PHNDC letter to Cuomo/Bloomberg re Atlantic Yards Parking Lot

PHNDC letter to Cuomo/Bloomberg re Atlantic Yards Parking Lot

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Member Organizations:
The Prospect Heights Association ▪ The Park Place/Underhill Avenue Block Association ▪ The Prospect Heights Parents Association The Dean Street Block Association The Eastern Parkway Cultural Row Neighborhood Association The Vanderbilt
 Avenue MerchantsDistrict
The Carlton Avenue Association
The Friends of Underhill Playground
April 30, 2012The Honorable Andrew M. CuomoGovernor of New York StateNYS State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224Mayor Michael R. BloombergCity HallNew York, NY 10007Dear Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg:We are writing to ask you to suspend construction on the Barclays Center arena patron surface parking lot on theblock of Prospect Heights bounded by Vanderbilt Avenue, Carlton Avenue, Dean Street and Pacific Street until itsplans have been made public and community concerns can be transparently and meaningfully addressed.Representatives of the Empire State Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner Companies originally statedthat plans for the lot would be provided in December 2011 and that there would be a period of community reviewand comment. We have recently been notified construction of the surface parking lot will begin May 1 and thatplans will be made public May 22. In the meantime, the parking lot will have been under construction for threeweeks.Residences surround the parking lot, and because it is separated from Barclays Center by two avenues, arena patronsand arena related vehicles will be channeled past bedrooms and playground using neighborhood streets andsidewalks.Our concerns are that the parking lot:
meets New York State’s current guidelines for storm water drainage;
meets New York City Department of City Planning Design Standards for Commercial and CommunityFacility Parking Lots over 36 spaces;
locates curb cuts off of our local streets; and
has no stackers or multi-story parking.In addition, we request Pacific Street be open to public access between 6
Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue so thatarena patrons using the parking lot will have access and egress, and our community life is able to follow its ownimperatives safely during arena events.We presented this input at a meeting attended by representatives from ESDC and Forest City Ratner Companies onMarch 8, 2012. We have never received a response from either organization.The State used eminent domain to take private property and converted a public street with the understanding thisland would be used
for housing and open space. Instead, this “interim” surface parking lot may be in place for 25
years, or more. The NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division referenced the above ground parking in its unanimousreaffirmation this month of a lower court ruling that the ESDC failed to consider the impact of this parking lot onour community when it approved changes to the Atlantic yards project plan in 2009. ESDC has yet to comply with acourt order for a supplemental environmental impact statement to be prepared. It now appears the State of New York and the City of New York may allow the developer to build the arena parking lot without any opportunity for inputfrom the community or its elected representatives.
The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council
284 Park Place ▪ Brooklyn, NY 11238 ▪ (718) 623

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