Atlantic Yards foes aren’t crying uncle yet. A lawyer representing a group of Prospect Heights residents and businesses (Daniel Goldstein and Freddy’s Bar and Backroom among them) challenging the use of eminent domain for Atlantic Yards will argue before an appeals court in Manhattan this morning. The plaintiffs are appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit in June, claiming that any “public purposes [of the project] are pretextual and that the real purpose of a taking is to benefit a private developer.” According to Candace Carponter, the head of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn’s legal team, if the plaintiffs are successful in their appeal they’ll be guaranteed a trial at the district court level. A separate Atlantic Yards lawsuit that’s looking to annul the project’s final Environmental Impact Statement is also still in the works.
Appeals Court To Hear Atlantic Yards Case [NY Sun]
Plaintiffs Say iIlegitimate Sequence Means Case Deserves Discovery [AYR]
Atlantic Yards to Get Another Day in Court [Curbed]
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