Federal appeals court green lights Atlantic Yards plans

BROOKLYN - A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn can move forward.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit brought forth by property owners and tenants facing eviction due to the $4 billion development. Opponents are challenging the use of eminent domain to seize property needed for the Atlantic Yards project.

The decision overturned a previous ruling that said the seizure of the property was unconstitutional. Critics contested the creation of a sports arena and skyscrapers as eminent domain, saying the project didn't necessarily benefit the public.

Attorney Matthew Brinckerhoff plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

AP wires contributed to this article.

Related information: Brooklyn homeowners try to revive Atlantic Yards suit

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