Rat-plagued residents of Prospect Heights will get relief from the rodent infestation caused by the Atlantic Yards project — courtesy of the developer himself, according to The Brooklyn Paper.
Bruce Ratner’s company announced last week that it would reimburse residents for rat-proof garbage cans in response to criticism from neighbors who claim that construction of the Barclays Center arena has spawned a booming, out-of-control rodent population that is feasting on unprotected sidewalk trash.
“It’s a good step, but it’s one piece of the puzzle,” said Peter Krashes, president of the Dean Street Block Association.
Ratner’s company agreed to also install more garbage cans at the construction site itself after Health Department inspectors blamed construction workers’ poor food disposal habits for the rat problem.The company agreed to tackle the problem after a wave of protest from residents dealing with the fallout of Ratner’s construction of the 19,000-seat arena for the Brooklyn-bound Nets — the first phase of a currently stalled, $4.9-billion, 16-tower megadevelopment.
Neighbors have long sought relief from a plague of rats that allegedly began when excavation work for the arena began in 2007. Since then, the area has become a veritable Mecca for rats, who build their nests near ready sources of water and food waste. Storing trash inside of enclosed, rodent-proof containers — instead of in garbage bags left overnight on the street — is a proven method of pest control, along with setting rat baits, according to the Department of Health.