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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

Yormark Didn't Get the Memo

There's more myth-making by Nets President Brett Yomark

The Star Ledger has a long article today about the discussion over what happens to the IZOD center (the Nets current home arena at the Meadowlands) if the Nets leave for Newark or Brooklyn, and if Jersey is big enough for both the IZOD Arena and Newark's Prudential Center:

WHEN ARENAS COLLIDE
Can Izod Center and the Rock keep competing for the same acts, or will something give?

...[New Jersey Senate President Richard] Codey's greater concern is to see the Nets stay in New Jersey -- and, for him, to move to Newark. "It's time they fish or cut bait. They've been in a holding position on the tarmac for more than five years and it's not right," Codey said. "The Nets need a first-class arena."

The Nets, however, say that arena will be in Brooklyn. Team chief executive Brett Yormark said the vision has not strayed from a planned $1 billion Frank Gehry-designed arena there, and they expect to break ground on the project by this summer, despite the worsening recession that has affected major commercial development nationwide...
(Emphasis added.)

Sounds like Yormark didn't get the memo that Forest City Ratner won't own the land it needs to build by this summer, if ever, and that Bruce Ratner is trying to cut the cost of the arena.

There is either delusion, dissension, confusion, miscommunication, or lack of communiciation within Nets/Forest City Ratner management or poor sourcing in the Daily News article below. It's likely not faulty sourcing.

Back in January the Daily News reported that Ratner is desperately trying to cut the cost of the Billion Dolllar Arena, and it is conventional wisdom that Frank Gehry is no longer working on the arena design despite not-so-convincing protestations otherwise from the developer:
...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.
...

"(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.
...
(Emphasis added)
...
And Forest City Enteprises President Chuck Ratner and Nets President Brett Yormark might want to get on the same page about this groundbreaking thing because back in December Chuck told analysts:
"I think we can successfully delay until we are prepared to start [the project].

I can't tell you in this market when that can be. How long? I don't know."
And "this market" is not going to be better come summer.



Posted: 3.08.09
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