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Barclays Center set to open for 2012 season: Developer

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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, set to be the new home of the New Jersey Nets (NBA), will open on September 28, 2012, in plenty of time for the 2012-2013 pro basketball season, according to officials with developer Forest City Ratner.

According to Linda Chiarelli of Forest City Ratner, the arena foundation is 70 percent completed and the steel infrastructure is 30 percent completed.

The bigger issue for many locals: what happened to the rest of the ambitious Atlantic Yards complex. The arena was designed as an anchor for a larger development of office and retail towers, initially designed by architecture legend Frank Gehry. Along the way the arena design was downscaled, and the other towers put on hold.

Indefinitely, as it turns out. Forest City Ratner warned the SEC that various problems — inability to attract financing, a soft economy, etc. — may cause the firm to delay or entirely drop the towers portion of the development, leaving behind the arena and parking.

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