Hunts Point market to relaunch legal fight after error

Merchants were at impasse with city over new 30-year lease, redevelopment

TRD New York /
Aug.August 16, 2013 08:30 AM

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

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