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March 1, 2008

An Atlantic Yards Case Won't Be Heard Until September

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The Gowanus Lounge

Opponents of the Atlantic Yards project got nowhere in court trying to get an injunction to block the demolition of the Carlton Avenue Bridge but gained a procedural advantage yesterday. An appeal of a lower court's decision against the challenge to the Atlantic Yards Environmental Impact Review process won't be argued until September. The decision was issued yesterday afternoon. (For those having a hard time keeping track, there is a separate case concerning eminent domain that is being appealed to the US Supreme Court.)

Forest City Ratner had argued for an expedited hearing, as early as May, but an appellate court ordered documents filed by July and a hearing held after Labor Day. The decision means a delay until fall or winter for any decision and any final resolution of this particular case (assuming a decision goes against the opponents). Atlantic Yards Report concludes the "best case scenario" for the Nets to play in Brooklyn arena would now be the 2011-12 season.

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More from Curbed:

PROSPECT HEIGHTS—There's a small development one of the Atlantic Yards lawsuits that means that the litigation will continue longer than developer Bruce Ratner was hoping. Mr. Ratner had asked for an "expedited" argument on the appeal of the case brought by opponents of the project challenging the Environmental Impact review process (already dismissed by a lower court) by May, but a state appeals court will hear the case in September. [CurbedWire Inbox]

Posted by amy at March 1, 2008 12:31 PM