Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Demolitions postponed, at least briefly; protest may be Monday

Hold everything, at least a few days.

At a hearing today before Supreme Court Justice Joan A. Madden, lawyers for the coalition challenging the legitimacy of the Atlantic Yards environmental review argued for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to block demolitions on the Atlantic Yards site.

After consultation, developer Forest City Ratner, which had scheduled demolitions to begin tomorrow, agreed not to begin such demolitions this week, and the judge said she'd have a decision on the TRO by Friday.

(I wasn't at the hearing, but this was relayed to me by a courtroom observer associated with the plaintiffs.)

In light of that, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, which had scheduled a protest rally for 8 a.m. tomorrow, has postponed the rally pending the judge's decision. If a TRO is not granted, the rally will be Monday.

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