Atlantic Yards condemnation case postponed for six weeks (change in judges?); will streets close February 1?
The Atlantic Yards condemnation case, which was supposed to go to court on January 29, has now been postponed to March 17,
Why? It's unclear, but one lawyer speculated that it may be because Gerges is ultimately stepping down and wanted to avoid presiding over a case that lingered--at least in the compensation phase--past his term.
I have a query in to the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).
Only after the March 17 hearing would the ESDC be able to take title to properties within the Atlantic Yards footprint. Usually there's little wiggle room to challenge a condemnation petition, but the lawyer for footprint property owner Daniel Goldstein (and perhaps others) said, "We will challenge the petition. It is defective in many respects."
Will streets close?
One pending question is whether streets planned for closure on or about February 1 will be closed as announced. It seems less likely.
Presumably that timing was tied to the (expected) transfer of title, given that the streets were among the properties to be condemned.