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December 18, 2007

Arena in 2011? New construction schedule suggests that's the soonest

Atlantic Yards Report

Mining the latest Atlantic Yards Construction Update for clues, Norman Oder figures out that the recent admission by Forest City Ratner that the arena won't be ready until the 2010-2011 NBA season still does not conform to the previously released schedule of construction, unless the developer is hell bent on closing two bridges at once or opening the arena before reopening the Sixth Avenue bridge.

The Carlton Avenue Bridge would take two years to reconstruct and, after that, the Sixth Avenue Bridge would take one year, according to the ESDC's Final Environmental Impact Statement. (This assumes that pending lawsuits don't delay things further.)

There's no way to close both bridges at the same time without creating ruinous traffic jams. Could the arena open with the Sixth Avenue bridge still under reconstruction? ESDC spokesman A.J. Carter said last month, "Forest City Ratner tells us that while the arena might be able to open without the bridge in operation, the goal is to have the bridge open in coordination with the arena's opening."

Well, the arena could open, but it would be a very ugly situation.

Norman Oder reviews the potential scenarios.


Posted by lumi at December 18, 2007 4:18 AM