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Ratner Seeks Building Permit For First of Four Barclays Center Towers

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Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment
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If Bruce Ratner's master plan for the Barclays Center comes to fruition, the arena will be ringed by three residential towers at its corners, one 33 stories, another 54 stories and a third 22. Last week, he quietly filed a building permit for the first tower, the 33-story tower at the southwest corner of the arena.

What this likely means for fans is that the tower will be under construction when the arena opens in September 2012. Ratner has said he hopes to break ground on the tower before year's end. He also said the tower would require $100 million in financing. SHoP, the Barclays Center design architect, has the commission for the tower and a re-evaluation of the original master plan.

Meanwhile, a Barclays Center spokesperson said the 5.9 magnitude earthquake felt up and down the East Coast had no affect on the arena construction site. "Not at all," he said.