From City Blog by Charles V. Bagli
The developer Bruce C. Ratner on Tuesday unveiled the latest design for a large public plaza and subway entrance to accompany the $900 million Nets arena he is building near Downtown Brooklyn, saying the plaza would “quickly become one of Brooklyn’s great public spaces.”
The plaza site was originally designed for an office building and a large public entryway. But Mr. Ratner acknowledged Tuesday that there is little demand for office space today, and there may not be for years to come.
Mr. Ratner, chief executive of Forest City Ratner, took possession of the 22-acre Atlantic Yards property in May, after years of delay and community opposition. He said on Tuesday that workers have excavated much of the construction site and erected about 40 percent of the foundation for the arena, a massive structure mixing bands of weathered steel and glass panels that will be called Barclays Center.
The arena should be completed in July or August of 2012, he said, when the Nets plan to move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.
SHoP Architects, PC