Red Hook IKEA clears legal hurdle

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One of the biggest commercial projects in Red Hook’s history moved closer to reality this week when a Manhattan judge tossed out a legal challenge to the IKEA store planned for the Brooklyn neighborhood. Residents opposed to the store, which would be IKEA’s largest in the United States, alleged that the Bloomberg administration approved it based on a faulty environmental review that ignored effects of increased traffic. The judge disagreed, saying that while the store would increase traffic, it “would not have an overall adverse impact on neighborhood character.” The store is expected to open in 2006. more [Daily News]