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http://sports.espn.go.com/ nba/news/story?id=1795379

NEW YORK -- The real estate developer who purchased the New Jersey Nets and plans to move the team to Brooklyn will try to reach agreements with those who would be displaced by a new arena rather than try to remove them through eminent domain.

"We're looking to substantially modify our plan, if necessary," said Jim Stuckey, executive vice president of Forest City Ratner, speaking about the company's original proposal to force people out through government eminent domain laws.

At a City Council committee hearing Tuesday, the Bloomberg administration and the developer said they didn't know how many people would be displaced. Forest City Ratner previously had said 250 to 400, while opponents of the arena maintain that at least 870 residents would have to leave, in addition to 500 people who work in the neighborhood near downtown Brooklyn.

The sale of the Nets, who play in the Meadowlands sports complex in East Rutherford, N.J. -- to developer Bruce Ratner, president and CEO of Forest City Ratner, was announced in January; the NBA has not given its approval.

Ratner wants to build a Frank Gehry-designed arena for the team over the Atlantic Yards rail depot, which is owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He is seeking to buy the air rights from the state-run MTA.

The $2.6 billion project would include 4,500 new housing units, more than 2 million feet of office space, including four new office towers, and 6 acres of open space. The development would include a running track, skating rink and promenade.

The Bloomberg administration says that the 19,000-seat arena could generate $20 million annually in tax revenue and that the entire project would create 14,400 construction jobs and 7,400 permanent jobs.

The 800,000-square-foot project, however, has angered some neighborhood residents, who fear the arena would worsen traffic, crowding and pollution and would force people and small businesses out by inappropriately applying the state's eminent domain rules. Three city blocks would be demolished.

Eminent domain laws allow governments to take private property for public use after its fair market value is paid.





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Somehow I'm starting to doubt this is going to get done...



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It'd be funny if it didn't happen. What the hell does Brooklyn need with a team, anyway? Doesn't New York have enough sports teams without stealing one from New Jersey?



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I'm crossing my fingers they'll call this team the Dodgers. Imagine the throwback gear marketing possibilities...if David Stern can keep MLB off their backs.



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eke:

The gist of Ratner wanting to move them to Brooklyn is basically b/c the Nets are hemorraging $$ (lack of attendance, Alonzo Mourning gamble, et al.) and New Jersey really doesn't support them. IIRC, they have the 2nd worst attendance in the NBA ahead of only ATL.

Not even the LAKERS could put asses in the seats at the Meadowlands during the 2002 NBA Finals.

Plus the fact having a team in Brooklyn will do wonders for marketing for the Nets and the NBA in particular.

It's far from a done deal yet since some families will have to be displaced and there's a lot of NIMBY freaks about in addition that he has to get quite a few federal go-aheads from New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority among others to use the space to build the arena.

(edited by Kawshen on 7.5.04 2316)


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    Originally posted by Kawshen
    eke:

    The gist of Ratner wanting to move them to Brooklyn is basically b/c the Nets are hemorraging $$ (lack of attendance, Alonzo Mourning gamble, et al.) and New Jersey really doesn't support them. IIRC, they have the 2nd worst attendance in the NBA ahead of only ATL.

    Not even the LAKERS could put asses in the seats at the Meadowlands during the 2002 NBA Finals.

    Plus the fact having a team in Brooklyn will do wonders for marketing for the Nets and the NBA in particular.

    It's far from a done deal yet since some families will have to be displaced and there's a lot of NIMBY freaks about in addition that he has to get quite a few federal go-aheads from New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority among others to use the space to build the arena.

    (edited by Kawshen on 7.5.04 2316)


How is the attendance going to improve? I mean isn't the Meadowlands under 10 miles from the location of the new arena? If people weren't going there to see Net games why will that change going to Brooklyn?
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How is the attendance going to improve? I mean isn't the Meadowlands under 10 miles from the location of the new arena? If people weren't going there to see Net games why will that change going to Brooklyn?

I think most of the New Yorkers here at the W can agree that the commute to the Meadowlands is absolutely abysmal. The highways, tunnels are almost always clogged.

The new arena (while in a high-traffic area itself) is a lot more accessible not just by car but also by subway as I believe 9 subways lines are at the location.

Don't let Brooklyn being a simply a part of New York City fool you. Over 2 million people live in Brooklyn and they are really sports-hungry. They sell out Cyclones ('A' baseball) games and they're still bitter about losing the Dodgers. Despite the Knicks, New York is a HUGE basketball town so getting people to Nets games won't be an issue.

(edited by Kawshen on 8.5.04 1745)



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