Progress on the Number Seven Subway Line Extension

Carter Ledyard, acting as Special Condemnation Counsel to the City of New York, together with attorneys from the Corporation Counsel’s Office and from the Hudson Yards Development Corporation, represented the City of New York in connection with the City’s acquisition, by eminent domain, of temporary and permanent easements at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue for development of infrastructure as part of the No. 7 Subway Line Extension – Hudson Yards Rezoning Project in Manhattan. The easements will allow the MTA to construct on the site, which is now under lease to the City, an escalator to the new subway tunnel, a subsurface pedestrian passageway and a vent shaft on the site. These facilities have been designed to accommodate erection of a new mixed-use office and residential building above them at the end of the lease term.
The acquisition continues the City’s acquisition of subsurface interests necessary to construct the Subway Extension. These acquisitions are the ninth in a series of acquisitions that began in 2006 for the Project. CL&M has represented the City from the beginning of the Project. Again with this acquisition, the City has preserved the property owner’s right to develop its site with the City’s acquisition by eminent domain of limited scope easements necessary for the Subway Extension. The City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Hudson Yards Development Corporation worked collaboratively with the property owner to design and locate the subway improvements so as to facilitate future development utilizing the full development potential of the site. 
Litigation partner John R. Casolaro, litigation associate Chlo├ę D. Coravos, and Assistant Corporation Counsel Rochelle Cohen represented the City in the condemnation proceeding. David Farber, General Counsel to HYDC, represented HYDC in the transaction. 

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