Free parking for Forest City Ratner crew

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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
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