Friday, December 14, 2012

What's left for the arena? TCO notes 29 requirements, but not easy to suss out; work expected through end of February

On 9/14/12, the city Department of Buildings approved a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) for the Barclays Center arena, expiring 11/14/12. There were 67 "outstanding requirements."

Two days before the arena opening, a 9/26/12 TCO, expiring 12/25/12, reduced the number of outstanding requirements to 29, with only two retail spaces (Metro PCS and Starbucks) approved.

A 9/28/12 TCO, expiring 12/27/12, reduced the number of outstanding requirements to 28, and permitted the Rocawear store. An 11/21/12 TCO, expiring 2/19/23, maintained 28 outstanding requirements. A 12/5/12 TCO, expiring 3/5/13, nudged the outstanding requirements to 29.

What are those outstanding requirements? I couldn't tell from consulting the DOB web site, and a query to the agency wasn't returned.

Work through February

According to the consultant Merritt & Harris, which reports to the arena bond trustee, punch list work on the arena continues through 2/28/13. Presumably after that a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.

Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing the arena, has long issued two-week construction look-aheads, after preparation by Forest City Ratner. Those updates have been quite sporadic since the arena opened, however.

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