Appeals Court Tosses Atlantic Yards Lawsuit - NBC New York

Appeals Court Tosses Atlantic Yards Lawsuit

Project developer, Bloomberg are applauding the decision



    Appeals Court Tosses Atlantic Yards Lawsuit
    Recent developments would decrease the scope of thee project. It would span "21 acres in downtown Brooklyn with 6.5 million square feet of residential and commercial development rights"—quite a bit smaller than the project's original scope, 8 million square feet over 22 acres.

    A state appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed by a coalition of community groups opposed to the massive Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn.

         The appeals court decision, issued Thursday, says the state's environmental review of traffic, crowds, potential terrorism and other concerns satisfied legal requirements. The $4 billion, 22-acre development includes an arena for the New Jersey Nets, office towers and thousands of apartments near downtown Brooklyn.
    Project developer Forest City Ratner and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are applauding the ruling. A spokesman for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn says the coalition might appeal.
    The project still faces another lawsuit challenging the state's right to use eminent domain to demolish more than a dozen properties.