As many Brooklynites know, the history of the Atlantic Yards property and Bruce Ratner’s desire to build a major complex there has been met with much controversy and opposition. However, despite many objections from residents of Downtown Brooklyn, the Atlantic Yards project is going forward. Come July or August 2010, the Nets will move from New Jersey to Brooklyn and play in the Barclay’s Center between Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.
On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, Mr. Ratner revealed his latest design for a large public plaza and subway entrance which will be incorporated into the arena. Ratner claims that the plaza will “quickly become on of Brooklyn’s great public space.” We’ll see…
The plaza will be a triangular parcel in front of the arena. It will serve as the primary entrance to the arena. Over a portion of the plaza, will be an oculus that forms a skylight at the entrance. The rim of the oculus will be lined with video screens. The plaza will also have benches and a new subway entrance. Also, those passing through the plaza will be able to view the scoreboard over the basketball court inside the arena. The floor of the plaza will have lighting and the roof of the plaza will be covered with plants whose color will change with the seasons.
Originally, the plaza site was designed to have an office building and a large public entryway; however, Mr. Ratner claims that there is little demand for office space and he anticipates there will not be any demand in the near future.
Mr. Ratner hopes to start construction on the first residential building on the site in the next 8-10 months; however, he has yet to select an architect. The entire project was given a 10 year time frame; however, it is expected that it will take longer to complete.