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Court Greenlights Atlantic Yards Review

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An appellate court unanimously upheld a state supreme court ruling Thursday that the environmental review process for Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards was completed correctly.

In a statement, developer Bruce Ratner of Forrest City Ratner said the decision validates the environmental review process. He added it is time to get work on the basketball arena and 16 high-rise buildings that would encompass the $4 billion project.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz agreed with the court's decision and say the project will create jobs and affordable housing.

An opponent of the project, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, says it will take its case to the state Court of Appeals.

The group says the project won't create long-term jobs.

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