Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Federal Court Dismisses Atlantic Yards Eminent Domain Case

Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn reports that the Federal District Court in Brooklyn today ruled that the plaintiffs’ complaint is "insufficient" in the Atlantic Yards eminent domain lawsuit, and dismissed the case.

The ruling is a major blow to opponents of the project, says Crains New York Business. Thirteen residents and businesses in the way of the project have refused to sell to Forest City Ratner Company, who wants to build a huge office, retail and apartment complex, along with an arena.

According to Newsday, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said that "no reasonable juror could conclude that the 'sole purpose' of the project is to confer a private benefit."

The attorney for the plaintiffs
said that they would appeal the ruling.

More at The Gowanus Lounge.

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