Border Wars in the East

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 19, 2009

NEW YORK — Opponents of the Brooklyn arena planned for the New Jersey Nets have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a state agency’s approval of the project.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Manhattan state Supreme Court. It seeks to block a Sept. 17 move by the Empire State Development Corp. to approve a delayed construction plan for the Atlantic Yards project.

The suit was filed by several elected officials and Brooklyn neighborhood groups.

The Empire State Development Corp. and developer Forest City Ratner had no immediate comment.

The lawsuit is the latest of several legal challenges to the 22-acre Atlantic Yards project. The project is to include the basketball arena, office towers and apartments.