Crain's New York Business reports that the Nets visited a site in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn Thursday, one with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, as they push their plan to build a new training facility to replace the PNY Center in East Rutherford, NJ. The site at 280 Richards Street is on the water. A team spokesman confirmed the search but would not discuss specific sites.
Billy King has said the Nets will be in New Jersey for two years, which would allow time for land acquisition and construction.
"The search for a Brooklyn location has been going on for over a year now. Last year, the Nets weighed three sites in Brooklyn," writes Daniel Massey of Crain's, quoting a real estate source. The Richards Street site is about two miles from Barclays Center, a 660,000-square-foot parcel between an Ikea store and the Fairway market in a "fast-developing section of Red Hook". Red Hook is where Carmelo Anthony was born and lived until he moved to Baltimore at age 8.
A new state-of-the-art practice facility, set in Brooklyn, would likely cost $20-million or more. Ellerbe Beckett, the principal architect for Barclays Center, designed the $20 million Cleveland Clinics Courts in Independence, Ohio, for the Cavaliers.
- Nets cast eye on Red Hook - Daniel Massey, Amanda Fung and Shane Dixon - Crain's New York Business
- Nets Eye Joe Sitt-Owned Red Hook Site for Practice Facility - Curbed NY
- The Nets Really Are Pushing the Brooklyn Thing: Team May Open Practice Facility in Redhook - Matt Chaban - New York Observer
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