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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Headline Meet Article. Article Meet Headline.

Below you'll find a NY Sun headline which is wrong and contradicted by the article under it which explains that its own headline is wrong. The article is about the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) taking its first steps to start to appraise some property owner's property. BUT, here is how the headline flubs the content:
Use of Eminent Domain Begins in Atlantic Yards Plan

Third paragraph in the article:
A spokesman for New York's Empire State Development Corporation, Errol Cockfield, said the use of eminent domain was a ways off.
More from the article continues below, but first our comments:

There was no reason for the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) to wait for eight months to take steps to determine the value of the property it is trying to seize. They could have started that process any time after the ESDC Board and the Public Authorities Control Board approved the Atlantic Yards project in December 2006. Why they've waited so long, and sent these letters only now, is for them to answer.

We do not believe that the collection of information preliminary to appraisals is a significant or meaningful step in the ESDC's march to condemn and seize the private property which remains in the Atlantic Yards footprint. We maintain that the ESDC cannot seize this private property by eminent domain as long as owner and tenant plaintiffs continue their federal eminent domain challenge. Just yesterday those plaintiffs in Goldstein et al. v. Pataki et al. filed their appeal of the Eastern District Court's June decision in the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Oral argument on that appeal is scheduled for October 9th at 10am.

We also believe that the ESDC cannot move forward with its plans to seize private property and transfer it to developer Forest City Ratner until New York State Supreme Court Justice Joan Madden rules on the legitimacy of the state's blight finding which is a necessary prerequisite to the state's exercise of its extraordinary power of eminent domain. Amongst other causes of action, the 26 plaintiffs in DDDB et al. v. ESDC et al. -- the case before Justice Madden -- have alleged that the blight study, upon which the entire Atlantic Yards project is based, was improper and should be annulled.

In other words, if plaintiffs win either of the cases above, the ESDC will not be able to go forward with its plans to seize the remaining private homes and businesses within the project footprint, which will be a death knell for Atlantic Yards.

The self-contradicting Sun article:
Use of Eminent Domain Begins in Atlantic Yards Plan
By Eliot Brown. Special to the Sun

The state is pushing forward with its plans to use eminent domain in preparing for the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project, the future home to a Nets basketball arena and more than 6,000 apartments in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Since late last week, property owners in the footprint of the project have been receiving letters from the state asking for financial information relating to property appraisals, an initial step in the land-taking process.

A spokesman for New York's Empire State Development Corporation, Errol Cockfield, said the use of eminent domain was a ways off. The state will not proceed while a lawsuit challenging eminent domain procedure law is pending, and other suits could potentially delay the process as well, Mr. Cockfield said.

"This is an early step in a process that won't be ultimately resolved for some time," Mr. Cockfield said...

More than seven months after its approval, the fate of the Atlantic Yards project rests in the courts. There are several lawsuits challenging various aspects of the public review and land takings processes associated with the development. In June, a federal court judge tossed out the suit with perhaps the most potential to block the project, though opponents are appealing the ruling and vow that the state cannot proceed with any eminent domain until the suit has wound its way through the multiple stage appeals process.

Also pending is a challenge to the environmental impact statement for the project, which, if successful, could require the Spitzer administration to do a new review for the development.

While the challenges could stave off any eminent domain proceedings for months, perhaps into 2008, development company Forest City Ratner holds that it is still on schedule to begin construction on the arena in the fall and open by 2009, according to a spokesman. Documents from Forest City Ratner, provided by Assemblyman James Brennan, show the premiere skyscraper in the complex, the 511-foot Miss Brooklyn, was supposed to start this month, though there are no visible signs of construction.

Posted: 8.01.07
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