Forest City Ratner is planning to demolish six buildings, beginning this Tuesday: 620 and 622 Pacific Street, 461, 463 and 585 Dean Street, and 608-620 Atlantic Avenue (The Underberg Building). According to a report in the Times by Nicholas Confessore, there is some damage to the interiors, including, “tin-ceiling panels, drywall, even a broken-down piano”.
But from all appearances on the exterior many of these buildings are not in bad shape. 461 and 463 Dean Street, for example (above), are fine examples of period housing and contribute to the urban fabric. Is FCR grouping solid buildings with some damaged ones in order to expedite the clearing of the site and circumvent due process? They should be maintained in place while the Environmental Impact Statement process is underway.