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In another blow to those seeking to fight for tenants who will be displaced by the Atlantic Yards development, the New York Post reports that:
“A state appellate court yesterday tossed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Empire State Development Corp.’s relocation plan for Brooklyn residents living in the 22-acre footprint of the controversial Atlantic Yards project.
“A review . . . reveals [that the ESDC] appropriately considered the impact that the displacement of all households within the project site would have on the socioeconomic profile and character of the community,” the panel’s written decision said.
George Locker, a lawyer for rent-stabilized tenants being forced to relocate because of the state-approved $4 billion NBA arena-residential-retail megaproject, said he planned to appeal the decision.
Developer Forest City Ratner and the ESDC hailed the decision. Ratner Executive Vice President Bruce Bender said, “We remain committed to ensuring the proper relocation of tenants,” which includes the opportunity to live in the new development at the same rent.
The suit is one of four opposing the project. Project opponents are appealing a ruling against them in a federal suit challenging the state’s use of eminent-domain powers to acquire property.”
Read the court’s decision here.