Mr. Ratner said Thursday that the existing incentives for developments where half the units are priced for middle- and low-income tenants “don’t work for a high-rise building that’s union built.”
He added that he had “accepted the fact that we’re not going to get more subsidy.”
- buried towards the end of this piece in the WSJ on the Atlantic Yards (paltry) design choices is this nugget of Ratner being the typical piece of shit most of Brooklyn (and New York) has grown to know him as. As BrooklynSpeaks puts it:
The first part of Bruce Ratner’s shocking statement pits union workers against working families, and becomes truly appalling when one considers his project removed 171 units of occupied affordable housing from the Atlantic Yards footprint before beginning construction. It sounds like the families he displaced shouldn’t plan on coming back now.
BrooklynSpeaks also figures that Ratner is gearing up to battle the unions on labor costs to save as much of those subsidies as possible. That should go over well since we already know Ratner and Co. are fucking over the people on jobs. I wonder what alleged OWS supporter and heavy-hitting partner in the Atlantic Yards development Jay-Z thinks about all this? (no, I don’t. Fuck that guy)