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Ratner Appears Ready to Agree to Compromise on Project Size

In what one Ratner executive describes as a "precooked" deal, the Nets's owner is expected to agree to an 8% reduction in the size of Atlantic Yards, as recommended by the City Planning Commission. The decision would not effect the size of the Nets new 18,000-seat arena but could defuse some criticism and move the whole project forward. Some critics want one-third of the Yards be lopped off; others want it junked entirely. Still others dismiss the need for any downsizing.