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TRO halts Prospect Lefferts Gardens development

A judge has stopped work until he reaches a decision regarding a lawsuit against the project

May 31, 2014 02:00PM

626 Flatbush Avenue

626 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens

WEEKENDEDITION A temporary restraining order has stopped work at a 23-story residential tower in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Justice Peter Moulton ordered that developers Hudson Companies and Lettire Construction stop laying the foundation of the residential building, located at 626 Flatbush Avenue, until he makes a decision regarding a lawsuit filed by residents and community groups.

Opponents of the tower have argued that it violates state environmental laws, by taking advantage of more than $72 million in public funds without receiving a proper environmental impact study.

“Our clients are pleased that the judge has recognized the potential this tower has to cause irreparable harm to the surrounding community,” Rachel Hannaford, senior staff attorney at Legal Services NYC’s Brooklyn program, which represents the petitioners, said in press release. “We understand a TRO of this nature is rare and that its effect will be immediate and powerful.” – Christopher Cameron

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