Atlantic Terminal Urban Renewal Area

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Coordinates: 40°40′59″N 73°58′34″W / 40.683°N 73.976°W / 40.683; -73.976

The Atlantic Terminal Urban Renewal Area (abbreviated as ATURA) is a section of New York City in the downtown area of the borough of Brooklyn, adjacent to the Prospect Heights, Park Slope and Fort Greene neighborhoods, near the Atlantic Terminal train station. During the 2000s, a controversial and ambitious plan to redevelop the area called the Atlantic Yards brought renewed public attention.

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Since the middle 20th century there have been many proposals to develop the area around Flatbush and Atlantic, the sometime Times Plaza. The idea for a Dodgers baseball stadium was considered in the 1950s, but it was dismissed by Robert Moses as creating a China Wall of traffic.

In 1968, Long Island University eyed the site, but was opposed by Mayor John V. Lindsay. A June 24, 1968 New York Times article, "Renewal Raises Brooklyn Hopes", described the city’s urban renewal plan as $250 million (over $1.4 billion in March 2006 dollars). The renewal plan, according to the Times, "calls for 2,400 new low- and middle-income housing units to replace 800 dilapidated units, removal of the blighting Fort Greene Meat Market, a 14-acre (57,000 m2) site for the City University's new Baruch College, two new parks and community facilities such as day-care centers."

The 1970s also saw visions of ambitious projects in the area, and these mostly resulted in the construction of affordable housing on the north side of Atlantic Avenue. Baruch College also considered moving but was stymied by the City's fiscal crisis. The seeds of gentrification were planted with the establishment of the Fort Greene Historic District in 1978.

A Fort Greene block association and other homeowners sued over an environmental impact statement that failed to consider how rerouted traffic would affect their neighborhood, one block away from the project. Then an economic downturn compounded community opposition. The Times reported that the stock market collapse had deterred office construction. "A lot of people are reassessing their expansion plans", James Stuckey, president of the city's Public Development Corporation, told the Times.[citation needed][when?]

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