Bruce Ratner has ordered the demoliton of six abandoned buildings at the site of his planned Nets' arena and mini-city. It will be the first move in getting the project underway...and in getting the area desingnated as "blighted", which he will need before state authorities can use eminent domain to acquire area properties he doesn't already own. Ratner has owned the six buildings for some time. Construction of the arena still awaits city and state approvals.
- Another Step for Downtown Brooklyn Project - Nicolas Confessore - New York Times