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Frank Gehry Out of Rest of Yards Too

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Days after marquee architect Frank Gehry was dropped as the architect of a new Brooklyn Nets Basketball arena, WNYC has learned the architect won't be involved in other parts of the complex either. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: Just two years ago, developer Forest City Ratner was insisting Gehry would design each and every one of the 16 towers that surrounded the arena. Gehry had dubbed one of them Miss Brooklyn. But two sources close to the project say now the developer is not planning to use Gehry any more, citing costs, the architect's lack of interest and the complications of meshing different architectural styles in a small space. A spokesman for Forest City Ratner said Gehry is still "involved" in the project but did not answer specific questions. The developer says it plans to break ground on the arena this fall, and the first residential building six months later. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.

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