Another Call for an Atlantic Yards Security Study

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    Elected officials and members of the Council of Brooklyn Neighborhoods and Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn held a press conference yesterday to once again call for an independent security study of Atlantic Yards. At issue is the fact that Forest City Ratner plans to build a section of the Nets arena just 20 feet from the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, which some fear may make the arena a potential terrorist target. AY opponents are asking for more transparency from the state and Forest City, according to an article in the Daily News: “The [Empire State Development Corp.] and Forest City Ratner are asking us to trust that they have shared a security plan with the NYPD, and that the NYPD is fine with it,” said CBN’s Eric McClure. Forest City won’t disclose details of Atlantic Yards-related security studies it’s funded, citing the issue’s sensitivity, but points out that a consulting firm has reviewed AY security plans and found them comprehensive. Atlantic Yards Report, meanwhile, notes that Council Members David Yassky and Bill De Blasio—both of whom have generally supported the project and who are running for Comptroller and Borough President, respectively—came out yesterday to also call for increased scrutiny of the arena’s security. The ball game’s not over, said De Blasio, noting that unless Forest City behaves with more transparency, the future of their project is in danger.
    Opponents Slam Plan to Build Arena Near Busy Intersection [NY Daily News]
    Officials Redouble Call for AY Security Study [AY Report]
    Photo by Jonathan Barkey.

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