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Before the end of November, New York State’s Public Authorities Control Board (PACB) is expected to be asked to give final approval to the proposed "Atlantic Yards” Nets arena and high-rise project.

However, on October 26th, a number of homeowners, tenants and business owners in the footprint of the proposed “Atlantic Yards” project filed a federal lawsuit challenging the use of eminent domain to evict them from their properties.

The arena, and several other components of the proposed project, cannot be constructed without the use of eminent domain.

We believe it’s imperative that the PACB postpone any vote on the proposed project until the courts have resolved the eminent domain question.

If the PACB were to approve the project, several buildings at the site could be demolished. If at a later date, however, the courts were to disallow the use of eminent domain (and DDDB’s lawyers believe strongly that this will be the case), many aspects of the project, including the arena, could not be built, and our community could be left with rubble surrounding the homes and businesses of those victorious in the eminent domain challenge.

Therefore, it’s critical that state officials allow the courts to determine the legality of this project before taking a vote on whether it should move forward. Please use the template below and fill out the form to have your letter sent to the PACB. Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn will deliver your letter to the PACB, along with those submitted by others, and a copy of all the letters will be sent to Brooklyn members of the State Legislature, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. (If you’d prefer to send your letter directly ­ rather than using our letter-writing mechanism ­ please click here for contact information). Feel free to personalize your comments, but please be respectful in your tone.

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