New York City Sued Over Eminent Domain

Property and business owners in Willets Point, a neighborhood in New York City’s Queens borough, are taking action against the city’s eminent domain proceedings.

According to the Daily News Queens edition, plaintiff Willets Point United alleges the city didn’t fulfill required environmental milestones before forging ahead with a plan to build traffic ramps off the Van Wyck Expressway.  The ramps are intended to relieve traffic congestion anticipated when a massive redevelopment effort cleans up blight and adds a convention center and new residential and commercial space.

The problem is, the city reneged on its promise to not condemn affected properties until the Federal Highway Administration and the state Department of Transportation approved the ramps’ construction—a necessary step in the process.

This lawsuit is the first of two expected from Willets Point United; the second lawsuit will challenge the city’s right to invoke eminent domain.

If a government agency is threatening to seize your property under eminent domain, you may have legal options.  The skilled attorneys at Hornberger & Brewer will examine your unique eminent domain case and can help you understand your legal rights.  Contact us today for more information.

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