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November 24, 2010

Steel goes up at arena site, Markowitz proclaims full project benefits await, DDDB will seek stay on construction

Atlantic Yards Report

As predicted by Forest City Ratner officials, they've ordered steel for the Barclays Center arena, and erection of the steel began yesterday, according to a Nets press release.

From developer Bruce Ratner:

“The installation of steel is always a major milestone for a construction project,” said Mr. Ratner. “With the foundation work largely done, we are now poised to go vertical. Over the next several months, the Barclays Center will begin to take on the iconic shape that we believe will make the arena a worldwide destination and Brooklyn an international city.”

And Marty Markowitz takes the opportunity to leap, without foundation, from arena progress to project fruition:

“Progress on the Barclays Center spells great things for Brooklyn and its future,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “This project will bring jobs, affordable housing and economic opportunity, as well as a triumphant return to major league sports for the greatest fans in the world—Brooklynites.”

NetsDaily rounds up the ritual coverage.


The Brooklyn Paper, Ratner is finally a man of steel as first girders go up

Project opponents were far less effusive about the work — particularly in light of a recent court ruling that found that the state agency overseeing the development withheld information to avoid having to examine the project’s negative impacts.

“We believe that they have no business going forward,” said Candace Carponter, the legal director for Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, which has opposed the development. “They are rushing to get as much in the ground as they can before we seek a stay from the court.”

NY1, Steel Beams Rise At Site Of New Brooklyn Arena

Prospect Heights Patch, Steel is Erected

The Brooklyn Blog [NYPost.com], Nets Brooklyn arena finally taking shape

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Barclays Arena ‘Goes Vertical’

Posted by eric at November 24, 2010 10:13 AM