parking for Forest City Ratner crew
State officials will allow Forest City Ratner to use land along a two-block
stretch of Atlantic Avenue for a massive above-ground parking lot.
Several of the company’s development parcels east of the proposed
Nets arena, between Sixth and Vanderbilt avenues, can be used for “interim
parking” during construction of the Atlantic Yards project, according
to new documents released by the project’s lead agency, the Empire
State Development Corporation.
“One little line gives Forest City the ability to park cars wherever
there isn’t construction,” said architect Jonathan Cohn, whose
Brooklynviews blog broke the story. “You’ll be seeing a parking
lot for about a decade.”
The agreement stipulates that the area can be used for parking only until
the arena’s 3,800-car indoor lot — near the corner of Sixth
and Atlantic avenues — is complete in 2016.
Forest City Ratner did not return calls for comment.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010