Atlantic Yards wins legal victory
The $4 billion Atlantic Yards project cleared a hurdle Thursday when a state appellate court dismissed a legal challenge by the developments opponents.
The ruling upheld a lower court decision that the state acted properly in approving the projects environmental impact study. A separate case challenging the states use of eminent domain in taking land for the project, slated to include an arena for the Nets, is also being heard by the appellate court.
Developer Bruce Ratner, who has been locked in a long-running battle with community groups over the project, said in a published report that its time to put these cases behind us and get to work.The group that brought the case vowed to take it to the Court of Appeals, the states highest court.
The Court of Appeals is the only court that can break the chain of previous cases, and we eagerly await our opportunity to argue before it," Jeffrey S. Baker, the attorney for Develop Dont Destroy Brooklyn, said in a statement on the groups Web site.
Both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz praised the courts decision.
In addition to the arena, plans for the 22-acre site include 6,000 apartment units.