Not that anyone would know based on how quickly parts of the site where the Atlantic Yards complex might rise in Brooklyn are being emptied of buildings, but one of the court cases that will determine whether it happens or not is still out there. (There's another separate case against the Environmental Review process that's still active.) This one is the Federal case against the use of eminent domain. It was dismissed in June by a District Court Judge, but it's back in court tomorrow in the U.S. Court of Appeals. In the simplest terms, property owners who don't want to sell to the developer say that taking property for the project by eminent domain is unconstitutional. Our expertise in constitutional law ends there, but if the opponents win and get the case reinstated, they would get a trial in Federal District Court.
· Appeals Court to Hear Atlantic Yards Case [Sun]
· Curbed's Atlantic Yard's Made Easy Guide [Curbed]