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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Parkland Plan looks like Backdoor Eminent Domain

And the City Council isn't going for it. This plan will not go through with that parkland hanging over it. My guess is the Parkland issue will not exist by the end of July -

Daily News excerpts -

City owns up to Coney Island project potentially requiring eminent domain

The city's
Coney Island plan suffered a major setback Wednesday as officials admitted they had not ruled out the use of eminent domain to acquire land for the project.

The admission, which threatens property owned by developer Thor Equities, came as some City Council members strongly indicated they would vote against the zoning plan this month when it goes before the full Council.

"I'm not saying we will use eminent domain, but in fairness to your question, I'm not saying we won't," said flustered Economic Development Corp. President Seth Pinsky following repeated inquiries about land seizure from Council members.

"Despite stating on record that the city will not use eminent domain, we actually have been put on official notice by the city of their potential use of eminent domain to take Thor's property, said Thor lawyer Jesse Masyr.

Meanwhile, several Council members - including mayoral hopeful Tony Avella, Simcha Felder and Helen Sears - suggested they would vote against the plan at a July 29 City Council session.

"I'm recommending to turn this down," said Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island), echoing others.

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/brooklyn/2009/07/02/2009-07-02_city_owns_up_to_coney_island_project_potentially_requiring_.html#ixzz0K6eziwPf&D

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