There has been serious buzz about a new Brooklyn stadium, set to adorn Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. While driving down Flatbush Avenue this past weekend, I experienced first-hand, what is to come. It appears that the bees have been busy buzzing and trying to make the make the plan a reality. Currently, the traffic have indeed gotten worst due to the loss of two lanes, which have been blocked off due to construction, extending from Flatbush and Atlantic to Flatbush and Hanson Place.
There was word, according to Barclay Center’s media that the site received 100 tons of steel last week. 10, 500 will be needed to complete the construction of the new Arena which is scheduled to launch Summer 2012. This is going to be the new home of the Nets, in which they will kick off the 2012-13 season. This move depends on pending NBA approval.
This entertainment and sports center will produce enormous economic growth for Brooklyn as well as New York City. It will boost 16,000 union construction jobs and over 8,000 permanent employments. It is also expected to generate $5.6 billion in tax revenue for New York City, and New York State over a 30 year period.
So, if you ever thought that the traffic on Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues was bad, I can only imagine the conditions once the new Arena opens. This will be a definite tourist magnet, so my advice to fellow Brooklynites is to utilize public transportation when heading downtown Brooklyn.