BROOKLYN - Some of the land in the proposed Atlantic Yards site may be subject to eminent domain to get the project finished.
Developer Forest City Ratner owns approximately 90 percent of the land, but some landowners refuse to sell. The state has the power to seize the property for public use under eminent domain. Earlier this month, the state put out a blight study of Atlantic Yards claiming the area won?t be developed without state intervention. However, opponents of the project claim any blight is due to neglect by the developer.
Community development advocates say eminent domain might be a good tool to use, but there hasn?t been enough of a public review process to decide. Legal experts say officials only need to prove the land isn?t being put to its most productive use for it to be blighted.
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