After seven years of battling the Town of Oyster Bay in court, the developer of the proposed luxury mall in Syosset gained a victory this week when a judge ordered the town to issue a permit for the project and approve its site plan - and slammed the town for using delay tactics.
In a decision released yesterday, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Arlen Spinner said the town had resorted to redefining facts, concealing issues and making personal attacks to delay Taubman Centers Inc.'s plan to build an 860,000-square-foot mall in Syosset.
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The 39-acre property on the north side of the Long Island Expressway at Exit 43 was the site of the former Cerro Wire and Cable Co., which Michigan-based Taubman purchased from Tribune Co., Newsday's parent, in 2004. The plans call for a $500-million development that would include Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom as anchor stores.
In his decision, Spinner ordered Taubman to submit a site plan for the company's revision, which calls for a smaller, 750,000- square-foot development; and for the town to review it "with all due haste" and the parties to meet in court for status conferences about every 90 days.
Sy Gruza and Garrett Gray, Melville-based attorneys for the developers, said they anticipated that the town would appeal the decision.
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