The first concrete sign of the Barclays Center is now in place — builders have begun to lay the foundation of the arena at Flatbush and Atlantic avenues.
The construction milestone came on the eve of the New Jersey Nets’ failure to land Lebron James — but is still seen as a major step forward for the Brooklyn-bound team.
“We are fully in the construction phase,” said Bob Sanna, the Forest City Ratner exec in charge of construction of the Atlantic Yards mega-development. “Over the next few months, we will continue with the mass excavation, along with ongoing foundation work.”
Sanna added that close to 700 cubic yards of concrete have already been poured.
The watershed moment comes only two months after developer Bruce Ratner made a $3-million settlement with Daniel Goldstein, an Atlantic Yards opposition leader, paving the way for construction to begin in earnest.
Despite the construction, one legal challenge from project opponents remains. Lawyers for the opposition reargued their claim last week that a longer construction timetable for the project was withheld from a judge to get a favorable ruling. It is unclear how a ruling in the opposition’s favor — which is unlikely — would affect the $4-billion arena, residential and office space project that is expected to sprawl from Flatbush Avenue to Vanderbilt Avenue when it is completed.
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