The Duffield Eminent Domain Battle Continues


The first public hearing since HPD’s recent admission that it failed to properly enter its 2003 “blight study” into the public record took place yesterday at CUNY in Downtown Brooklyn, just blocks from the 21 properties the city has targeted for eminent domain seizure. According to the organized opposition, “That means that the City Council approved the use of eminent domain in Downtown Brooklyn without ever seeing the document that justified it.” Among the 21 properties are houses on Duffield Street that have been linked to the Underground Railroad. Council Member Tish James has fought the city’s efforts, calling the Economic Development Corp. “an agency that has no oversight and does not take social or historical impacts into consideration.” The city views the properties as crucial to its plan to reinvigorate Dowtown Brooklyn by attracting private investment to the area. Acquisition of property is critical and necessary for Willoughby Square to move forward — and without Willoughby Square, much of this new investment, and therefore businesses, jobs and housing, will not happen, said Joe Chan, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. You buying it?
History Key in Objections to Brooklyn Rebuild [Newsday]
City Gives Downtown Brooklyn ED Hearing Another Try [Brooklyn Eagle]
City Reevaluating Duffield St. Eminent Domain Plan [Brownstoner]
HPD OK’s Seizure of Duffield St. Homes [Brownstoner]
Abolition Panel a Salve for Duffield Street Concerns? [Brownstoner]
Duffield Preservationists Fight Back with Lawsuit [Brownstoner]

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