Oakland Teams Still Searching For New Venues Orlando City SC Backs Off From Park Demands Facility Notes Wolff Considering Temporary Bay Area Ballpark Royal Caribbean Against PortMiami MLS Stadium City Of St. Paul Approves Downtown Ballpark One Daytona Scores Another $20M Grant UK To Ink Long-Term Rupp Arena Lease Questions Arise On Soldier Field Expansion 49ers Set Low Prices For Stadium Debut
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SBD/Issue 197/Facilities & Venues
Published July 1, 2009
In N.Y., Rich Calder reports the New York state Court of Appeals has "agreed to hear a legal challenge over the use of eminent domain to seize private land for Brooklyn's controversial Atlantic Yards project" beginning in October. The decision "raises new uncertainty" over whether Nets Owner Bruce Ratner "will be able to build the planned $4.9[B] development," which includes the Nets' Barclays Center and 16 office and residential towers (N.Y. POST, 7/1). Also in N.Y., Erin Durkin notes the appeal is from nine plaintiffs who "sued to prevent the government from taking their homes and businesses under eminent domain." After the initial court ruling, Ratner had said that it was the "'last hurdle' to the project and vowed to break ground in September," but this "latest court action will likely push that date back" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 7/1). In New Jersey, John Brennan notes Nets officials have "estimated it will take 24 to 26 months to build" the $772M Barclays Center, so a fall '11 opening "may no longer be a possibility -- unless the developer wants to try to break ground before the legal process is concluded" (Bergen RECORD, 7/1).
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CLEARING THE WAY: The PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL's Kostelni & George report the investment group developing MLS Philadelphia Union's stadium and its ancillary residential and commercial projects last week secured $25M in private "financing for the venue, and plans to break ground this fall on a speculative office building." The developers have "initially focused on lining up funds" for the $110M, 18,500-seat stadium, which broke ground in December. They recently "arranged for funding from Sovereign Bank," while the remainder of the costs are "coming from funds already secured from state and local public sources" (PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/26 issue).