On Friday Judge Abraham G. Gerges of State Supreme Court somewhat unexpectedly declined to immediately green-light the Empire State Development Corporation’s request for final approval of the seizure via eminent domain of properties in the Atlantic Yards footprint. Gerges said he would rule on the matter “expeditiously” following arguments from a lawyer for property owners urging the judge to reexamine the project given because of the changes it’s undergone in the past few years. Meanwhile, a lawyer for the ESDC said current Atlantic Yards plans are “virtually identical” to those approved by the state in 2006. On Atlantic Yards Report Norman Oder has an extensive post about the hearing, saying “Gerges’s focus is on the narrow law of condemnation, so it would be unusual for him to allow argument on claims that the project has changed so much–and after the chance for public comment on such changes–that the ESDC should issue a new Determination & Findings. So he could simply dismiss the news claims filed by property owners and leaseholders. Or he could ask the ESDC to revise the petition because of technical defects. Or–the longer shot–he could look at the broader claims, or hold this case in abeyance while another court examines those claims.” Oder also notes that the planned street closings scheduled to start today on 5th Avenue between Atlantic and Flatbush are unlikely to occur.
Property Seizure for Atlantic Yards Is Delayed [City Room]
Condemnation on Hold [AY Report]
Drug treatment and psychotherapy center New Directions lost its lease and plans to relocate to 500 Atlantic Avenue in March. The substance abuse treatment program has been headquartered at 202-206 Flatbush Ave between Bergen and Dean since 1983. More than a dozen neighbors came out at last night’s community board meeting to voice their opposition to the move. Community Board […]
This house has some amazing architectural details, although it’s going to take a bit of polishing to restore it to its former glory. A buyer might want to undo some unfortunate alterations, such as exposed brick, popcorn ceilings, and a modern tile floor in one of the bathrooms. We think it’ll be worth it: The […]
Hot stuff! The penthouse at 24 Monroe Place is pretty darn impressive, with a massive wrap-around terrace complementing the Classic Six layout. In addition to the killer views, this place has a great prewar pedigree and lots of entertaining space. Only thing not to like: The $4,770 monthly maintenance. Asking price is $2,395,000. 24 Monroe […]
This three-bedroom, 2.5-bath short-term rental in Carroll Gardens is bright and modern, and it comes furnished. It’s a penthouse unit in the luxury rental development at 360 Smith Street, which was fully rented by the summer of 2011. The furnishings look lovely if you like pink and purple, and the apartment seems quite spacious. The […]
A Sleep Inn Hotel is going up at 2590 Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Amusing the Zillion reported. The Sleep Inn will have 12,989 square feet of space on a 13,000-square-foot lot. The building will be four stories with 53 units, according to a new building application for which permits were issued in October. Based […]