Federal Legal Update: FHL Files Major Preservation Petition

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Federal Legal Update: FHL Files Major Preservation Petition

FHL has been working at the federal level to ensure that the High Line is preserved for reuse as an elevated greenway.

In August, FHL petitioned the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in Washington, DC, asserting that a 1992 ruling that opened the door to demolition proposals for the High Line is “outdated and invalid” and must be reconsidered. FHL’s legal team at Covington & Burling, in Washington, DC, wrote an extremely strong and well-argued filing. If it succeeds in getting the 1992 ICC decision reopened, we will have scored a major win in our efforts to preserve the High Line for pedestrian reuse. [for more information, click here]

The urgency of our petition was underscored by a filing, several days earlier, by demolition proponents. They requested STB approval of their contested demolition proposal, even though that proposal is missing crucial signatures and still being challenged in State courts because of its attempt to skirt required public review procedures.