The Barclays Center, the under-construction Atlantic Yards arena that will become the home of the Brooklyn Nets, has a pretty stacked fall concert lineup–heavy hitters Barbra Streisand, Journey, Jay-Z, and Justin Beiber will all be coming through the venue. What’s not on the schedule, however, is a single “community event,” ten of which were promised as part of an agreement between the arena’s developer and a coalition of local groups.
These events were intended to be “available to the community…at a reasonable rate, with net proceeds from such events to be used to support non-profit community organizations,” as laid out in the Atlantic Yards Community Benefits Agreement.
Also failing to materialize are the 2,250 low and middle-income housing units to be built by Barclays Center developers Forest City Ratner as part of the agreement to build the arena, Wall Street Journal reports.
Daniel Goldstein, co-founder of the group Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, isn’t happy. “Everything that was sold as a benefit to the community, from the housing to the jobs to the open space — they’re all on the back burner.”