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Saturday, April 3, 2004

Institute off chopping block?

Atlantic Yards: A week after the City Planning Commission hosted a public hearing on the Downtown Brooklyn Plan, it is considering making two major changes, according to sources. Comment.

MTA seeks as much money as it can get … from Ratner

Atlantic Yards: Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Peter Kalikow said this week he would seek “maximum value” for an 11-acre Long Island Rail Road storage yards site in Prospect Heights — over which developer Bruce Ratner is looking to build a colossal arena complex — but demurred when asked if he would put the property through an open bidding process. Comment.

Hundreds rally to protest Ratner plan

Atlantic Yards: Chanting “No eminent domain for personal gain,” hundreds of protesters gathered in Prospect Heights Sunday, within three-point range of the site planned for a professional basketball arena that has been mightily opposed since it was proposed by developer Bruce Ratner last year. Comment.

Ratner ups the ante

Atlantic Yards: Developer Bruce Ratner has been floating the notion that he might build a second sports facility — for amateur athletics — in addition to a professional basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets, on the site for the proposed Atlantic Yards development. Comment.