New Designs for Nets Basketball Arena Reduce Cost, Flash

Developer Bruce Ratner has released new renderings for a Nets basketball arena in Brooklyn. They're the first official ones released since architect Frank Gehry was dropped in June. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The new design looks a bit like a race car with alternating bands of steel and glass. Instead of the flashy blue-tinted metal that Gehry proposed, the steel here features a brownish hue. The simpler design brings the cost down from nearly a billion dollars to $800 million. Part of the cost-cutting comes from reducing the number of luxury suites from 130 to just 100. The developer is hoping to finish the arena, along with a mixed-income apartment tower, in just two years. An opposition group, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, said in a statement that "Designs come and go but they change nothing." The developer still has to win a case in the state's highest court, and sell bonds, by the end of the year in order to move forward. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.

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