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State gets approval to seize Atlantic Yard sites

One landlord told to vacate tenants within 90 days
September 19, 2014 03:05PM

The Empire State Development Corporation received the go-ahead yesterday to seize several buildings through eminent domain to make way for a portion of Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project, recently renamed Pacific Park Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Wayne Saitta approved ESDC’s plan to take the titles for seven properties along Atlantic and 6th avenues and Dean Street in Prospect Heights, DNAinfo reported.

StorageMart, which operates a storage facility at one of the properties, announced on its blog that the state has given tenants 90 days to empty their units.

An attorney for the ESDC told DNAinfo that the building owners have two years to either accept or dispute the state’s buyout offers, the details of which were not made public. During the hearing, one of the attorneys said, “so far we haven’t had any opposition,” referring to the landlords, the news site reported. [DNAinfo]Tom DiChristopher