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Budget Forces Changes to Nets Arena

Friday, January 09, 2009

One of the biggest boosters of the planned basketball arena for the Nets says he's not worried about possible design changes to make it less expensive to build. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz says the arena at the Atlantic Yards will still resemble architect, Frank Gehry's original design.

MARKOWITZ: There is some economies value engineering as they call it, which is a good thing because you shouldn't be wasting money on a design or services that are not relevant.

REPORTER: Atlantic Yards' developer, Forest City Ratner, is denying rumors that Gehry has been fired. It says it's working with experts to build a world-class venue in, quote, "an incredibly difficult environment."

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