New York’s development agency should have done a more thorough environmental review of Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards basketball arena and housing project before approving it in 2009, a Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday. The ruling is unlikely to disturb construction at the $4.9 billion project’s first phase, the Wall Street Journal reported, but the judge did request a second review of the second phase.
The ruling is a blow to Empire State Development, which approved the use of eminent domain to allow for the controversial Brooklyn development in 2006.
A spokesperson for ESD said it “believes that it complied with all laws applicable to the project.”
The developer is also said to disagree with the decision.