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January 24, 2007

ESDC claims city/state, before AY, searched for a railyards project "without success"

Atlantic Yards Report

The Empire State Development Corporation's (ESDC) response memorandum of law, filed last Friday in the Atlantic Yards eminent domain case, challenges several arguments made by the plaintiffs, which should make for a contentious oral argument in court on February 7.

One ESDC statement about the Metropolitan Transportation's Authority's working Vanderbilt Yard really pushes the envelope:

In fact—as the ESDC Defendants explained in their opening brief and as the complaint itself makes plain (but as plaintiffs conveniently omit to mention in their response)—it is uncontested that at least half of the Atlantic Yards Project site is in fact blighted. The City made its blight determination nearly forty years ago, and renewed it in 2004. The State and City governments have been searching for a project to remedy that blight ever since—until now, without success.

Norman Oder explains in the rest of the article that the City and State didn't search that hard.

Posted by lumi at January 24, 2007 8:23 AM