Yards to Offer Good Jobs (If You Can Get One)

It sounds like one of those 36-point headlines in The Chief-Leader: “343 Maintenance Jobs at Atlantic Yards.”

Maybe that’s enough. Admitting that low-income, central Brooklyn residents would have difficulty getting the types of office jobs that are promised for Atlantic Yards, Assembly Member Roger Green, a cheerleader for the project, told us last year that the project, which will cost between $1 billion and $2 billion in public subsidies and benefits, was worth it for the custodial jobs.

“If I have 4,500 units of housing that need to be cleaned on a regular basis, those are jobs with benefits, and that’s what we got to do,” he said at the time.

The Empire State Development Corporation released figures this week (PDF)that showed just how many maintenance and security jobs the residential parts of the complex would provide: 343.

Matthew Schuerman

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