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"Why should people get to see plans? This isn't a public project."
Bruce Ratner in Crain's Nov. 8, 2009

Ground Frozen, Not Broken

When the Atlantic Yards project was unveiled in December 2003, Forest City Ratner said the arena would open for the 2006 basketball season.

When the project received political approval by three-men-in-a-room in December 2006, the developer said the arena would open for the 2009 basketball season.

In December 2007, Ratner once again cried wolf and told the NY Times, after it was abundantly clear to everyone, that the arena would open for the 2010 basketball season.

But Norman Oder, on his Atlantic Yards Report, provided ample evidence that the earliest the arena could open would be for the 2011 basketball season. And today John Brennan reports similarly in the Bergen Record, including a near admission by Nets spokesman Barry Baum that the 2011 season would be the earliest arena opening. (That is, of course, if it ever opens at all). From the Record:
Nets will shoot around in N.J. for another year

The Nets basketball franchise, which has called New Jersey home since 1977, have committed to play the 2009-10 season in the Garden State as it waits for its new arena in Brooklyn to be built.

Team spokesman Barry Baum confirmed a delay in the long-touted move to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn planned for 2009.

"We plan to be in at the Barclays Center during the 2010 calendar year," Baum said.

The Nets' lease with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority requires the Nets to give the agency at least 18 months written notice before leaving the Izod Center in East Rutherford. That meant that the club had until Dec. 31 to give intent of a move to Brooklyn in the fall of 2009.

"We have not received any such notice from the Nets," sports authority President Dennis Robinson said Wednesday, while confirming the resulting commitment required of the team.

Construction of National Basketball Association arenas typically takes 24 months, and the Nets have yet to break ground on their site near downtown Brooklyn. If the Nets are unable to begin arena construction by this summer, they may also need to spend part or all of the 2010-11 season in New Jersey.

The Nets have annual options through the 2012-13 season to remain at the Izod Center, with 18 months' notice required of a planned franchise relocation.

Baum said that the Nets would break ground on the arena "as soon as possible."
(emphasis added)

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No ground can be broken while plaintiffs are in court over eminent domain and a challenge to the state's environmental review and approval of the project.

Posted: 1.03.08
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