March 1, 2010
Go-ahead in Atlantic Yards land grab bid
by Amy Zimmer
Let the construction finally begin: Bruce Ratner’s $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project can move forward after a state Supreme Court justice yesterday rejected a group of building owners’ and tenants’ challenge of the state’s use of eminent domain. Their legal fight against the project, claiming the condemnation was not for a public benefit but for the pockets of a private developer, lasted six years.
The Empire State Development Corporation, the state agency seizing the land, already announced permanent street closures to start next Monday.
The decision was a blow to many opponents, perhaps none more visible than Daniel Goldstein, the lone holdout in a Pacific Street condo in the project’s 22-acre footprint that will bring the arena and more than a dozen skyscrapers to Brooklyn.
Posted by eric at March 1, 2010 10:54 PM