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State Court Clears Path For Brooklyn Arena and More

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The New York state court appellate division ruled 4-0 to uphold the state’s right to use eminent domain to build the Frank Gehry-designed Atlantic Yards arena-centered megadevelopment in Brooklyn. The decision prompted developer Forest City Ratner Cos. (FCRC) to say it plans to break ground this year, with the intent that the arena for the New Jersey Nets basketball team would be ready for the 2011-12 season, two years later than planned. FCRC says this is the 23rd consecutive ruling in favor of the controversial $1-billion development.

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