After a while, you run out of ways to say "the fix is in"
Racing to give their approval to Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards mega-development before Gov. George Pataki leaves office Dec. 31, state officials have approved the project’s final environmental impact statement.
The document approved on Wednesday by the Empire State Development Corporation outlined an eight-million-square-foot development — a project that is the same size as the first plan unveiled by Forest City Ratner in 2004, but 8-percent smaller than the plan put forth in a draft impact study this summer.
The changes made nearly mirror those recommended by the City Planning Commission at the close of the public comment period in September.
“The state heard the voice of [city officials],” said Jasper Goldman, a spokesman for the Municipal Arts Society. “But no one else seems to have been listened to — especially not the communities that called for better-designed open space, a workable traffic plan, a bigger reduction in scale and more affordable housing.”
I mean, once it's in it's hardly ever taken back out again.
More from Norman Oder, who follows this stuff closer than almost anyone, here, here, and here.