Peter Williams settled with the state and agreed to leave his properties by Friday. Now, he claims the state didn't condemn air rights and an easement he controls. So he's suing. Some reports suggest the suit could slow or halt Barclays Center, but Williams says it's about money. "I’m a capitalist pig," Williams told WNYC. "All I want is money."
Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report also writes that the state is dismissing the significance of the suit, asserting the record of the easement is merely "a mechanism used for tax billing purposes," rather than "a separate property lot." Moreover, it indicates it will declare Friday that it's in "vacant possession" of all the properties needed for Barclays Center, lawsuit or not. That's the last step needed for the deal to close and Mikhail Prokhorov to gain NBA approval.
- His goal is money, not to stop arena - Norman Oder - Atlantic Yards Report
- Another lawsuit threatens to delay Nets' Atlantic Yards project - AP
"Air rights" lawsuit latest block to Nets new Brooklyn home, ownership change - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports
- Atlantic Yards holdout Peter Williams claims Ratner doesn't own air rights - Erin Durkin - New York Daily News
- Bklyn arena opponent sues state for allegedly screwing up condemnation proceedings - Rich Calder - New York Post
Forgotten Land & People at Atlantic Yards? Samuel Newhouse - Brooklyn Eagle