An appeal recently filed with the U.S. Supreme Court asks the Court to revisit its controversial decision in Kelo v. City of New London. In Goldstein, et al., v. Pataki, et al., property owners are challenging a project in Brooklyn known as the Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project. The properties were condemned for a new basketball arena for the New Jersey Nets as well as high rise apartments and office buildings.
The challengers — owners of homes and businesses that would be taken to make room for a major part of the development — argue that the purpose of the project is to transfer property from one private owner to another. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of the lawsuit. If the appeal is granted, it will be the Court’s first chance to revisit its 2005 Kelo decision.
Click here to see the petition filed by the property owners.