Thursday, July 8, 2010
Court tells City to cough up documents
The city's contentious plan to develop a portion of northern Brooklyn known as Broadway Triangle was dealt another setback earlier this week.
Last year, Broadway Triangle Community Coalition, which represents 40 community groups, filed a lawsuit against the city and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, claiming that plans to develop the 30-acre site in Williamsburg, bordering Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick, discriminates against minorities and a significant portion of the Hasidic Jewish community. On Monday, the court ordered the city to produce documents and demographic data related to the case or provide a sworn affidavit as to why that information can't be produced.
"Contrary to defendants' argument, documents reflecting race and apartment size for NYCHA, Mitchell-Lama projects in Williamsburg, and Community District 1 affordable income projects are discoverable because the documents may be directly relevant or reach the data which will assist the Court,” according to the Supreme Court of the State of New York court filing. “The issue is whether the buildings at issue implicate intentional discrimination against non-whites, or would result in a discriminatory impact against non-whites."