Hunts Point market to relaunch legal fight after error

Merchants were at impasse with city over new 30-year lease, redevelopment
August 16, 2013 08:30AM

Merchants at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market will have to start fresh they want to bring suit against the city over the lease and redevelopment of the facility, after a procedure hiccup, Crain’s reported.

The Bronx market, represented by Sid Davidoff of Davidoff Hutcher & Cintron, did not follow proper procedures when it filed suit in April with the city, alleging that the city hired a dishonest security firm to investigate the merchants’ business practices, Davidoff told Crain’s. However, the merchants did not provide the city the required 30 days’ notice before filing a complaint, and the merchants withdrew the complaint. 

Now, the plaintiffs are planning to bring new action. The 41 merchants, who own the market as a co-op, had reached a stalemate in negotiations with the Economic Development Corp. regarding a new 30-year lease to redevelop the 113-acre site.

“We are essentially starting over with some new causes of action,” Davidoff told Crain’s.

“We cannot comment on the possibility of future litigation,” a spokesperson for the agency told the publication. “All we know is that they filed a lawsuit, we moved to dismiss and in response to our motion they discontinued their lawsuit.” [Crain’s]Mark Maurer