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Arena Critics Lose Again...and Again

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Barclays Center construction continues apace with Bruce Ratner telling friends it's on schedule for completion in late spring/early summer 2012.  At the same time, the same Brooklyn judge who pushed Daniel Goldstein to sell out back in April dismissed two of the last challenges to the arena on Monday 

One of the dismissals was the last challenge to eminent domain. The other was a well-publicized but failed bid to get more money from the state for air rights above one of the buildings seized for the project.

Judge Abraham Gerges dismissed the critics argument that the Atlantic Yards development plans had so changed new approvals were necessary.  The judge ruled the changes "do not change the public purpose to be served by the Project." Critics are now left with one final challenge, a request that another judge rehear arguments on the same issue. It's considered a long-shot.