New Jersey Nets owner Bruce Ratner’s quest to build a vanilla, big-box style arena in Brooklyn just got a bit more complicated, with New York’s top court allowing a challenge of his desired use of eminent domain for this project to move forward.
For those in the Brooklyn neighborhood, The Empire State Development Corporation plans public hearings at the New York City College of Technology on July 29 and July 30.
The clock is ticking on Ratner, as he needs to get all his financial ducks in a row and get a ceremonial shovel in the ground by December 31 to be eligible for tax-exempt status.
With estimated arena costs at $772 million and capital tough to come by as the economy lurches along, not achieving tax-exempt status could torpedo the project. To hold opponents at bay, perhaps he could threaten local opponents with a decision to bring back the quirky architecture of Frank Gehry if they refuse to back down.