Matters

Long Island Property Owners – Eminent Domain Related to Ronkonkoma Hub Project

Herrick is currently representing property owners under the threat of eminent domain takings in property sale negotiations with the developer of The Ronkonkoma Hub project located in the Town of Brookhaven, Long Island. We represent these owners and operators in all aspects of these negotiations with the Town of Brookhaven and the developer, whether it be a sale in lieu of condemnation or a claim for additional compensation in eminent domain litigation. This project has been in the works for many years and is currently in Phase 2 of the overall development.

Achieved Eminent Domain Award of Nearly Six Times Initial Offer for Property Owner in Long Island Railroad/Third Track Project

Herrick represented 150 D&A Co. of Nassau Inc. when their property was seized by the New York State Department of Transportation and the MTA by way of eminent domain in the LIRR Third Track Project. Formally known as the LIRR Expansion, the project’s goal was to construct a 10-mile long third track on the Long Island Railroad Mainline. The project included the elimination of eight street-level crossings along the LIRR Main Line, to be replaced by grade crossings with newly constructed bridges that hold three tracks, and a two-lane underpass for vehicular traffic that also included a pedestrian sidewalk. Herrick advocated for additional compensation for these property owners in the New York State Court of Claims and obtained a settlement of close to six times the amount of the initial payment made to its client for the loss of its property (a 600 percent increase in the eminent domain award).

Hudson Yards Redevelopment Plan – Manhattan, NYC

Herrick currently represents property owners and business tenants in the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Plan project. The project affects the area of Manhattan located between 29th and 43rd streets, and 7th Avenue and Hudson River Park. The project goal is to create a mixed-use expansion of the Midtown Central Business District, expand the Number 7 MTA subway line, rezone to permit new residential and commercial space and expand the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Herrick’s clients are slated to have their properties taken by eminent domain in connection with the project. Herrick expects to file claims for additional compensation for the seizure of property, as well as for the seizure of trade fixtures owned/installed by commercial tenants.

Downtown Brewster Urban Renewal – Putnam County, NY

Herrick is representing owners whose properties will be seized by eminent domain in connection with the downtown Brewster redevelopment plan. The Brewster redevelopment project consists of the revitalization of the blighted area situated in downtown Brewster, Putnam County, NY. Herrick’s clients are being asked to sell their properties to the developer for this project under threat of eminent domain. We represent both owners and commercial tenants (who have their own claims for compensation, separate from their landlords) in all aspects of negotiation with the Village of Brewster and the developer, whether it be a sale in lieu of condemnation or a claim for additional compensation in eminent domain litigation.