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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

Gehry Gone?

The Daily News
reports that Ratner is desperately trying to reduce the cost of his billion dollar arena. If you read between the lines it is not too difficult to surmise that Frank Gehry is no longer the architect for the once "world-class, state-of-the-art" Barclays Center arena.

The starchitect is being "value engineered" out of the picture (note that "scaled back" is not a size matter but a cost reduction):

Brooklyn Nets Arena cutbacks? Bruce Ratner scales back plans; Star architect Frank Gehry may go
By ADAM LISBERG AND JOTHAM SEDERSTROM

The $1 billion Nets arena designed for Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards may be scaled back to save developer Bruce Ratner millions in construction costs, the Daily News has learned.

Forest City Ratner has brought in "value engineering" companies to review architect Frank Gehry's blueprints to save money and keep the project afloat amid a cash crunch that has stopped all work at the site, sources said.

A Forest City Ratner spokesman denied rumors that Gehry had been axed.

"Frank Gehry has not been removed from the project," spokesman Joe DePlasco said.

"We are continuing to speak with many arena experts and working hard to find ways to build a world class venue in an incredibly difficult economic environment."

Would it be unreasonable to ask, uhm...why?

Gehry did not respond to calls for comment.

Big changes are expected at the troubled 22-acre $4.1 billion project, which was planned as an NBA basketball arena and 16 commercial and residential towers.

"(Ratner) has to go out and get $1 billion in funding (for the arena)," said a source close to the developer. "That's probably not going to happen. It can't be built if that's the price tag."

Sources said Ratner is "looking to value engineers to do the arena less expensively and get that dollar amount down...They are looking at the arena from inside-out and upside-down to see how to bring the arena to life less expensively."

Cutting costs could include using less expensive materials, a different configuration or bringing in a different architect to do the project more cheaply, a source said.

"The question is how to deliver the arena that meets the specs and do so in a way that isn't going to cost a billion bucks," the source said.

Forest City Ratner has been reeling from an economic meltdown that has threatened nearly every aspect of the controversial Prospect Heights project...

Continue reading.

When was the last time something went right for Ratners FollyŠ.



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Eminent Domain Case
Goldstein et al v. ESDC
[All case files]

November 24, 2009
Court of Appeals
Ruling

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EIS Lawsuit

DDDB et al v ESDC et al
Click for a summary of the lawsuit seeking to annul the review and approval the Atlantic Yards project.

Appeal briefs are here.

2/26/09
Appellate Divsion
Rules for ESDC
What would Atlantic Yards Look like?...
Photo Simulations
Before and After views from around the project footprint revealing the massive scale of the proposed luxury apartment and sports complex.

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Screening Schedule
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"Atlantic Yards" documentary
Brooklyn Matters


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Atlantic Yards
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-No Land Grab.org

-Atlantic Yards Report
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-Noticing New York
-NY Times "The Local" FG/CH
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-Ctr for the Study of Bklyn
-Pardon Me for Asking
-Clinton Hill Blog
-Only The Blog Knows BK
-Brownstoner
-Sustainable Flatbush
-A Child Grows in Bklyn
-Williamsburg Warriors

-The Real Estate
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-OnNYTurf-Atlantic Yards
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-PLANYC
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-www.DANDOCTOROFF.com
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