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July 16, 2011

Barclays Center marches on

Meadowlands Matters

John Brennan, who has closely covered the AY story for The Record in New Jersey, gives his assessment of this week's legal decision .

When is a legal victory not a legal victory here on Meadowlands Matters?

When a New York court rules that a New York state agency erred in its conclusions regarding environmental impact analysis of the Atlantic Yards project – but declines to stop construction on the Nets’ $1 billion Barclays Center home at the site.

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On Wednesday, a state Supreme Court Justice took the rare step of overturning a decision by a state agency – in this case, the Empire State Development Corp., which oversees the Atlantic Yards plan.

In short, the judge found that the use of a 10-year timetable for environmental impact was incorrect because even the ESDC’s own paperwork contemplates a 25-year timeline – if not longer.

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The matter now winds up to some extent in new Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hands. It’s conceivable that the project’s entire scope could be changed dramatically, and more environmental studies likely will have to be done.

But from the Meadowlands Matters frame of mind, what’s most relevant is this: There is no stopping the Barclays Center from being built, not even a judge unhappy with the agency that has jurisdiction over it.

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Posted by steve at July 16, 2011 4:42 PM