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Would Prison Reopening Sink Downtown Bklyn Revival?

City Correction Commissioner Martin Horn apparently does not understand the tender needs of a gentrifying neighborhood. Just as hundreds of upwardly mobile New Yorkers were about to move into new lux apartments on Atlantic Ave. and Boerum Place, Horn had the audacity to suggest that the city might need to reopen the jail down the block. This did not sit well developers or politicians with a vested interest, who had hoped to turn the idle prison into more apartments or retail stores. "Having a jail smack in the middle of all this new development is not a good thing," said Downtown Brooklyn Council head Michael Burke. Brownstoner calls that the "understatement of the year." In all fairness, the prison was there first.
· Downtown jail may reopen for biz - city [Daily News]
· City Says Atlantic Ave. Jail May Re-open by 2007 [Brownstoner]