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January 15, 2010

For its defense of case challenging AY project approval, ESDC relies on deference to documents still under wraps

Atlantic Yards Report

The last major Atlantic Yards case to go before a judge is the one challenging the Empire State Development Corporation's (ESDC) September approval of the Modified General Project Plan (MGPP), in part because the ESDC board was not (allegedly) told the details of how the deal for the Vanderbilt Yard was renegotiated.

I'll have a broader preview before the court hearing next Tuesday, but first want to point to a key point of dispute between the ESDC and the groups (led by Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn) bringing the case, which is consolidated with a similar suit brought by groups that are part of BrooklynSpeaks.

The petitioners assert that the Vanderbilt Yard deal points to a project that would last some 22 years rather than the promised ten years. The ESDC claims they're wrong, and buttresses its case by pointing to a set of documents that has not been made public.

No one other than representatives of the ESDC and Forest City Ratner have seen these documents. So how can they be fairly assessed?


NoLandGrab: We suppose we could just trust them, right?

Posted by eric at January 15, 2010 12:56 PM