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June 24, 2010, Yonkers, NY – New York’s Court of Appeals today released its findings underscoring the rationale for the Empire State Development Corporation’s (ESDC)assertions that the 17acres in West Harlem were in fact rightly designated as “blighted” and thereby warranted Columbia University's $6.3 billion redevelopment project proposal.
Columbia University already owns much of the land slated for redevlopment in their proposal. Nick Spreyregen, publisher of Rising Publications and owner of the Tuck-it Away Storage facility in West Harlem, is one of the participants that brought this case before the Court of Appeals to challenge the use of eminent domain in this endeavor. The claim of collusion between Columbia and ESDC, and asserting that the use of the term “blight” was inappropriately defined in this case, was not found to be credible by the Court of Appeals.