Eleven property owners and tenants have filed a petition asking the Supreme Court of the United States to hear their eminent domain appeal, which was dismissed on February 1 by the Second Circuit Court. The petition provides the Court with an important opportunity to address the appropriate constitutional limits on the government’s power to seize private homes for the benefit of powerful real estate developers like Bruce Ratner.
The Empire State Development Corporation, Mayor Bloomberg and former Governor Pataki have spearheaded an effort to condemn homes and businesses in historic Prospect Heights so developer Bruce Ratner of Forest City Enterprises can build a new arena for the Nets and wildly out-of-place skyscrapers.
As we mentioned last week, Bruce isn’t doing so well. Can’t imagine that today’s news helps.