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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

2009: A Delusional PR Mantra

Just because they say it, doesn't mean it's true.

Forest City Enterprises (FCEA) keeps telling everyone who will listen (the press, Nets fans, the general public) that their Barclays Center Arena in Brooklyn will open for the 2009-2010 basketball season, which is exactly two years from now. This is—how to put it—an untruth. It's a physical impossibility, beginning with the fact that the real estate company does not even own the land they need to build the arena (or the rest of the project, for that matter.)

One wonders why Forest City Enterprises is honest with its analysts and tells them the arena won't open until 2010, while continuing to tell the public it will be 2009. (2010, of course, is overly optimistic as well.)

The latest instance of the delusional 2009 mantra comes in a short Saturday Newsday article:
Lawsuits delaying Brooklyn arena

The Nets remain confident that they will open the 2009-10 season in a new Brooklyn arena, placing them squarely in the city limits and in more direct competition with the Knicks.

But not a single brick has been laid for the Barclays Center, the arena at the heart of the proposed $4-billion Atlantic Yards project, as the team awaits the outcome of litigation opposing it.

A federal judge earlier this year dismissed a lawsuit filed by residents and business owners whose property would be condemned under eminent domain to make room for the development. An appeals court heard arguments seeking to send the case back to the lower court but has yet to rule.

Two other lawsuits are pending, including one disputing the validity of the state's environmental impact study...
(emphasis added)

Full article.
What are they confident about...pretending that it's possible to open for the 2009 season? When will the press stop buying this impossibility and just start pointing to facts like the ones Norman Oder has pointed to numerous times on his Atlantic Yards Report—that Forest City Enterprises own schedule called for the entire arena block to be demolished and "cleared" by July...July 2007. (No need to go by Oder, just check out the developer's own construction schedule as presented to the Empire State Development Corporation.)

But not only is the arena block not demolished or "cleared" here in November, Ratner doesn't even own the property on the block. And though the developer wants the state to condemn and seize that land, the state's ability to do that depends upon the federal courts; and the ability of the developer to go forward with the project as a whole depends upon a pending decision in state supreme court.

Posted: 10.29.07
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