From the 4/1/06 Brooklyn Paper, headlined BRUCE: I WILL BUILD ARENA:
Despite months of delays and false starts in realizing his vision of building a Brooklyn arena for his New Jersey Nets, Bruce Ratner remains convinced that everything is going according to plan.(Emphasis added)
“These things do get delayed, [but] I have a very a good track record of getting things done,” Ratner told The Brooklyn Papers and other reporters before a Nets game at the Meadowlands last week.
“You look at the kind of development [Forest City Ratner Company] does, almost everything winds up taking longer than we anticipate. This is how it is … Normally, there wouldn’t be a matter of great consequence [but] here everybody [is] watching, asking questions … So it’s not unexpected from my point of view.”
Ratner originally predicted that the Frank Gehry-designed arena — at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic avenues in Downtown Brooklyn — would be finished in time for the 2007 season.
Now he says it will be finished for 2009.
In a 5/4/08 Daily News op-ed, Ratner described goals and plans to get the arena and associated towers going, concluding:
We anticipate finishing all of Atlantic Yards by 2018.Last September, WNYC reported, in Ratner Abandons 10-Year Timeline for Atlantic Yards:
Developer Bruce Ratner said Tuesday morning what many of his critics and even some of his associates have been saying for years: there is no way the entire Atlantic Yards project will be done in 10 years.
He said the 10-year timeline was always misunderstood. It was never meant to be more than a best-case scenario to be used in environmental impact statements.
“That was really only an analysis as to what the most serious impacts [would be], if all the other planned development in downtown Brooklyn happened right away,” Ratner says. “It was never supposed to be the time we were supposed to build them in.”