Ivanhoe neighborhood beats city agency in court

By DAVID MARTIN

A judge has ruled in favor of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council’s effort to redevelop the old Horace Mann School on East 39th Street.

Earlier this week, Judge Justine Del Muro dismissed a city agency’s petition for eminent domain. The agency, the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority, had condemned the Mann building and awarded the development rights to a company called Prairie Dog.

The Ivanhoe neighborhood had also sought the development rights. Although the PIEA had rejected its proposal, the Ivanhoe council (smartly, it turns out) went ahead and executed an agreement to buy the school from its owner.

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