It’s a wonder anything ever gets built in New York City. Surprising news today: neighborhood activists once again sued the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and asked that construction on Barclays Center and Atlantic Yards be halted pending reevaluation of the enabling environmental study — and a judge is ready to listen.
Barclays Center is the future home of the New Jersey Nets (NBA); it’s part of the larger Atlantic Yards development, which will contain residential, offices and retail.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by several community groups, including Develop Donâ€™t Destroy Brooklyn (DDDB) and BrooklynSpeaks, says that the construction plan for the entire project — which will eventually include affordable housing — has now stretched out to 25 years, and that’s far beyond the 10-year environmental study originally filed by developer Bruce Ratner. Because of the new timeline, the groups are asking that construction on the project — which is now limited to only the arena construction — be halted while a new environmental study can be performed.
The argument is not a new one: it’s been rejected by at least four different courts. But the groups found a sympathetic ear in Justice Marcy Friedman, and the whole matter will be heard again on Dec. 22.
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