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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Love De Blasio's development stance

I think there is a very good chance De Blasio could get Coney's housing development moving forward. He really supported Atlantic Yards very well with the CBA.

Brownstoner excerpt -

De Blasio’s positions make him among the most liberal of the Democrat mayoral candidates, but his involvement in the city’s most controversial development demonstrates the complexities of balancing economic development with community oversight. As a City Councilman representing Park Slope, de Blasio was deep in the fray during the bruising fight for Atlantic Yards in 2006. He negotiated a community benefits agreement for the project, but critics say he failed to follow up to ensure that its guidelines were followed. (Bruce Ratner, developer of Barclays Center, has also donated to de Blasio’s campaign.)

A De Blasio spokeswoman said in a statement that he supported Atlantic Yards because “Brooklyn desperately needs more affordable housing and that locating density near mass transit makes sense, but he believes the city needs to do better in holding the developer — and all developers  — accountable for their commitments.”

Barclays has opened, and the first residential tower has broken ground, but issues of affordable housing continue to ripple throughout the city, from Willets Point to the Domino Sugar Refinery to SPURA. ”We have to understand this is one of those decisive moments where the very nature of New York City is up for grabs,” said de Blasio.

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