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Kaur v. New York State Urban Development Corporation
Court of Appeals of New York
15 N.Y.3d 235, 907 N.Y.S.2d 122, 933 N.E.2d 721 (2010)
The Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) (defendant) acquired the West Harlem property owned by Parminder and Amanjit Kaur (plaintiffs) by eminent domain for the development of a new Columbia University campus. The ESDC hired engineering, architecture, and planning firms to conduct studies examining the neighborhood conditions in West Harlem. The studies found that the conditions merited a designation of blight based on the neighborhood’s dilapidated buildings, poor exterior conditions, structural degradation, health and safety concerns, environmental hazards, underutilization, and building-code violations. The Kaurs challenged ESDC’s findings and acquisition of the property. The appellate division found in the Kaurs’ favor. ESDC appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ciparick, J.)
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