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March 1, 2010

Go-ahead in Atlantic Yards land grab bid

Metro
by Amy Zimmer

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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.

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Posted by eric at March 1, 2010 10:54 PM