Top N.Y. court upholds ruling for Nets arena

ALBANY - (AP) - New York's top court says the state can useeminent domain to force homeowners and businesses to sell theirproperties for a massive development in Brooklyn that includes anew arena for the New Jersey Nets.

In a 6-1 ruling Tuesday, the Court of Appeals says the EmpireState Development Corp.'s finding that the area was blighted wasenough to justify taking the land.

A group of tenants and owners claim it was unconstitutional,that developer Bruce Ratner's proposed $4.9 billion, 22-acreAtlantic Yards project mainly enriches private interests, while thestate constitution requires public use for taking land.

Ratner's proposed development includes office towers, apartmentsand a new arena for the NBA's Nets.

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