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HSS Training Center "tops out" as construction accelerates

Brooklyn Nets

Construction of the HSS Training Center in Industry City took a big step forward recently with the "topping out" of the new ceiling above the facility's two planned practice courts.  The steel framework above the eighth floor at 168 39th Street in Brooklyn is now 34 feet high, tall enough to accommodate even the highest arching jump shot ... or errant pass.

With the steel in place, construction is now likely to speed up and barring any further delays, it should be ready around All-Star Break. The break and the Nets two-week "circus road trip," also in mid-February, will provide center planners ample time to shuttle all the team's equipment and staff from East Rutherford to Brooklyn. Once complete, the center will have 70,000 square feet of space on two floors.

"We're really committed to providing top class facilities for the Nets. I think the players are really going to enjoy being here and I think the future Nets players that are going to visit, this is going to entice them too," said Irina Pavlova, who led NY1 on a tour of the facility.  The center is already a stop on draft pick and free agent's tours of Brooklyn. It is expected to be a major anchor in the transformation of Industry City from 100-year-old warehouse complex to a "hipster-industrial complex," as one writer described it.

The cost of the $45 million facility is being paid by Mikhail Prokhorov. Manica Architecture has posted new renderings of the facility on its website.