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Supreme Court won’t hear High Line land suit

Property owners denied federal compensation for development rights

January 12, 2015 12:15PM

The High Line on the West Side

The High Line on the West Side

The Supreme Court let stand a ruling that owners of property surrounding the High Line should not receive federal compensation for land that was converted for the park’s use.

The high court’s decision not to hear the suit affirms a Federal Circuit ruling that the property owners gave up their right to sue when they signed a deal with New York City officials to develop the park, the Associated Press reported.

Arguing that the federal government was not a party to its agreement with the city, the property owners said it should compensate them for the valuable development rights they forfeited along the 1.5 mile park.

However, the federal appeals court ruled that their signed agreement specifically prohibits suits against the United States.

The final section of the High Line opened to the public in September. [AP via NYT] — Tess Hofmann

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