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August 10, 2006

Atlantic Yards Report report

LegalNotice-AYR.jpgAtlantic Yards Report posted two articles today. Though each deserves more ink, we'll give you the lead and a short blurb to speed your trip over to Norman Oder's blog.

August 23 hearing covers a lot of ground: not just DEIS but GPP & eminent domain
There's more to the August 23rd "Public Hearing" than NoLandGrab initially reported. Norman Oder goes into the details as described in this Public Notice scotch taped to a doorway on Sixth Avenue.

The four-hour hearing scheduled by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to begin at 4:30 p.m. on August 23 doesn't just cover the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), a document that's so long several political figures have called for a postponement of the hearing.

It's also a hearing on the General Project Plan (GPP), the project overview, which includes findings regarding eminent domain, as indicated by the notice (right) posted on the door of a Sixth Avenue building in the project footprint.

According to the Public Hearing Notice, the hearing will encompass a) the GPP; (b) the proposed acquisition by condemnation of certain property; (c) the terms of proposed leases and conveyances; and (d) the DEIS.

Why ownership & control would reduce eminent domain less than promised
Norman Oder explains the difference between owning and controlling property in the footprint and why Bruce Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation might still have to use eminent domain for properties in both categories to void some leases.

Posted by lumi at August 10, 2006 8:18 AM