Judge Rules in Favor of Community Groups in AY Case


    Atlantic Yards Report just published a post saying Supreme Court Justice Marcy Friedman has ruled that the Empire State Development Corporation must carry out a new phase of environmental review. The petitioners in the case in question included civic groups organized by BrooklynSpeaks and Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, who took issue with the state’s use of a 10-year build out in its Modified General Project Plan. Friedman ruled the 10-year time frame “lacked a rational basis and was arbitrary and capricious.” The ruling isn’t going to affect the Atlantic Yards construction already under way as because Friedman wouldn’t issue a stay on the work. Atlantic Yards Report has the following to say about the ruling’s repercussions: “The decision will require additional bureaucratic hurdles and may require additional mitigation measures regarding an extended interim surface parking lot, or construction procedures. And it should help shape public perception that the ESDC has been too gentle with developer Forest City Ratner (FCR).”
    Breaking: Judge Rules for Community Groups [AY Report]

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