Pat Foye, the new downstate chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation, is expected to visit the Atlantic Yards site in central Brooklyn on March 22. The tour, made at the request of City Councilwoman Letitia James, comes after a dubious construction start by developer Forest City Ratner that cut off water to some residents who don’t even live in the footprint. The ESDC authorized the arena-and-housing project, and is acquiring property for it via eminent domain.
“It’s for the ESDC to familiarize themselves with the area and meet some of the stakeholders,” said Kate Suisman, chief of staff for Ms. James. “They still have leverage and we are hoping that if they see the area, they will know what they are talking about when issues come up in the future.”
– Matthew Schuerman