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Old Posted Nov 10, 2007, 3:16 PM
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NEW JERSEY | American Dream@Meadowlands (Xanadu)

This is a mega-mall being built right next to the Izod Center (Continental Airlines Arena). If anyone has any news of things that are going there or pictures. please post





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Hey! Any updates on this amazing mega-development?
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Old Posted Dec 25, 2007, 2:45 AM
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The only updates are this monstrosity is getting bigger everyday. You cant even see the Meadowlands arena from route 3 anymore.
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Old Posted Dec 26, 2007, 10:43 PM
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if anyone has any pictures, please post

and yeah it is getting bigger and bigger everyday
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They're applying cladding to the finished ski ramp structure and the surrounding garages and complex building. So far the cladding looks quite ugly.
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not to sound stupid. but wahts cladding?
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This will be the most expensive mall on earth (in terms of construction costs). It will be the third largest mall on earth after one in Dubai and one in Canada.

Given that it is just a few miles west of Manhattan and has great highway and rail access to the world's second largest consumer market (after Tokyo), I think it would be shocking if it were not a big success.
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oh yeah theres no doubt this is going to be successfull. i just hope it doesnt become dumpy as the highly hyped Jersey Gardens malls has became. That mall was supposed to be the "greatest thing ever" when it was built some years ago but nows its gone trashy. i hope it doesnt happen to this mall
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cladding = the outer layer of materials. The last exterior design touch
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oh is that like the blue and white stuff right
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Corzine Spoils Manhattan View for New Jersey With Ferris Wheel



The proposed Pepsi Globe, a 287-foot Ferris wheel, is shown at the Xanadu sports and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, in this undated artist's rendering. Residents of Bergen County, New Jersey, who view the Manhattan skyline from their homes soon may be looking at the giant Ferris wheel instead.







By Terrence Dopp
March 6 (Bloomberg)

Don't expect residents of Bergen County, New Jersey, to be first in line for a ride on the Ferris wheel going up in their backyards, the tallest in the U.S.

Neighbors complain that the project will obstruct their view of Manhattan's skyline across the Hudson River, hurting property values. Lane Biviano, Rutherford borough's attorney, is mustering public opposition to the Ferris wheel on a Web site listing beefs about its safety and aesthetics.

The ride will tower 287 feet (87 meters), eclipsing Dallas's 212-foot Texas Star. It's part of the $2 billion Xanadu sports and entertainment complex being built next to the Meadowlands racetrack, a project Governor Jon Corzine backs as a way to stimulate the state's economy.

"We don't want our town to be associated with some honky- tonk Ferris wheel,'' said East Rutherford Mayor James Cassella, whose community includes the Xanadu site. "There's a concern about our image.''

Construction of the Ferris wheel is scheduled to start in midsummer, said Xanadu spokesman Rich Edmonds. It will be ready to open with the rest of Xanadu in November, said Lloyd Kaplan, a spokesman for Meadowlands Development.


"I'm sure there were people who didn't like the Eiffel Tower being built because they felt it would impede their view,'' Kaplan said. ``You can't please everybody. We believe this will be of enormous beauty.''

The ride will be called the Pepsi Globe under a 10-year naming-rights agreement with Purchase, New York-based PepsiCo Inc. The wheel's 26 glass-enclosed, climate-controlled capsules will hold as many as 20 people each for 25-minute rides affording views of New York City and the Hudson. Ticket prices haven't been set, Edmonds said.

New Landmark

Ferris wheels are named after George Ferris, an engineer who designed the first one for the 1893 world's fair in Chicago. New Jersey's ride will become as recognizable as the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Seattle Space Needle or the London Eye, another Ferris wheel, PepsiCo said in a statement announcing its sponsorship.

The wheel's high profile is just one concern of East Rutherford's Cassella. It will sit within 100 feet of the New Jersey Turnpike, one of the busiest highways in the U.S., and Cassella said it may distract drivers.

"People will take their eyes off the road,'' Cassella said. ``Your natural instinct will be to look at it. There will be a safety issue.''

Pollution, Police, Noise

Rutherford Mayor John Hipp said he hasn't heard one person in his community of 18,000 voice support for the ride. Hipp said he will lose the view of Manhattan from his front porch and Xanadu will increase pollution, use too much electricity and strain local services such as police.

Residents also say the Ferris wheel will generate too much noise, endanger planes using nearby Teterboro Airport and create an eyesore with its huge Pepsi logo, according to Biviano's Web site.

"Doesn't taste count for anything?'' Biviano said. His www.savetheskyline.com trumpets the Star-Ledger newspaper's report that state Senate President Richard Codey called Xanadu "yucky-looking.''

Lilo Stainton, a spokeswoman for Corzine, referred calls about the Ferris wheel to Dennis Robinson, head of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority. He said Xanadu is providing hundreds of construction jobs and will create 12,500 permanent positions and millions of dollars in tax revenue.

"There is more economic development activity taking place at the sports complex than anywhere else in the state,'' Robinson said. He cited $1.3 billion being spent on a new stadium for the New York Giants and $185 million to link the Meadowlands to the state's mass transit system.

Skiing, Bowling

Plans also call for a 780-foot indoor ski slope with man- made snow, a martini bar with bowling alleys, a skydiving simulation, shops, restaurants and an 18-screen movie theater.

The company hasn't submitted a design to obtain a construction permit for the Ferris wheel, said Chris Donnelly, spokesman for the state Department of Community Affairs, which regulates amusement rides. Meadowlands Development partners include Colony Capital LLC, a Los Angeles-based real-estate company led by billionaire Thomas Barrack; KanAm, a German real- estate firm; and New York-based Dune Capital Management LP's real estate fund.

Corzine's administration participated in several meetings when Colony Capital Acquisitions LLC was negotiating to purchase Mills Corp.'s Xanadu stake in November 2006, after Mills ran out of money for the project, said Jim Gardner, a spokesman for the governor.

The Ferris wheel will play a central role in Xanadu's success, generating interest and luring families, Robinson said.

Biviano is sticking with his view: The wheel is "structural graffiti.''
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So this will be the largest mall in the United States, beating out the Mall of America? It looks horrible in person, especially driving down the NJ Turnpike. Very gaudy presentation to say the least.
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So this will be the largest mall in the United States, beating out the Mall of America? It looks horrible in person, especially driving down the NJ Turnpike. Very gaudy presentation to say the least.
Uhhh its not close to being done yet. Another year and a half of construction will make anything look like shit.
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Uhhh its not close to being done yet. Another year and a half of construction will make anything look like shit.
Uhhh have you seen that facade? No matter what stage it is in construction, the facade that is completed shows that it will look like 'shit'.....
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Here's are two shots from March. (Nothing has really changed much since then)

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Intresting developement too bad they went along with pepsi instead of coca cola.

and the general cladding and facades look horribly indeed looks like some big factory complex with plenty of halls only thing that almost looks good is the ski slope.

they got alot to learn from Dubai here id say the Mall of the emirates ski slope and the general cladding and layout of the Dubai mall is work of art compared to this.

lets just hope the interior wont be as hideous as the rest but i fear it might me

this is how malls should look like

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Top of the ski slope in Mall of the emirates from outside



on the left here u can see much of the Dubai mall it also have nice cladding on the other side and its even very beautiful on the roof also on the right u got an Arabic souk



close up of the Dubai mall
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Deal Revives New Jersey's Xanadu .
DECEMBER 24, 2010.

By ELIOT BROWN And LISA FLEISHER

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...549228004.html

After over two years of delays, lenders controlling the troubled Xanadu New Jersey retail development have reached a tentative agreement with Triple Five Group, the owners of the Mall of America to invest in and finish the stalled multibillion dollar project.

Should the deal be finalized, it would bring an end to a tumultuous search for a new developer to finish construction of the entertainment and retail mega-project which has become an embarrassment for the state.

Edmonton, Alberta-based Triple Five has signed a letter of intent to do the deal with a lender group which took control of the financially troubled project in August. But people involved cautioned that a deal wasn't final and could still collapse.

Bidders have estimated the 2.2-million-square-foot project needs as much as $700 million to $1 billion in new money, following the approximately $2 billion that has already been spent.

Details of the deal weren't released. But people familiar with the matter say that it calls for the lenders to receive money from the project over time as it is completed and revenue comes in, and they wouldn't receive an up-front payment. Should the project succeed, the lenders could ultimately retrieve their full investment, the people said.

The lenders, which hold about $500 million in debt, include Credit Suisse, Capmark Financial and an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group.

In a measure to aid the new developer, the typically parsimonious Christie administration has said it is open to directing tens of millions of dollars in state aid to help the project, using a pledge of future tax revenues to help finance the deal. A specific agreement on the subsidy hasn't yet been reached, multiple people involved said.

Triple Five executives said Thursday that the company envisions transforming the complex into a major tourism destination akin to the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, which the firm also owns. "That location is just unbelievable," said Maureen Hooley Bausch, a vice president at Triple Five. "We have a lot of plans—we've talked to some of our favorite retailers."

The giant retail project has been a constant headache for the long list of real-estate executives and lenders involved in its creation, suffering from construction delays and rising costs, along with an economic crisis that poured cold water on bullish assumptions. The 100-acre site is slated to include a Ferris wheel and an indoor ski slope.

The initial developer, the Mills Corp., ran into financial problems and turned the project over to Colony Capital in 2007. Colony, in turn ceded control to the lender group this year.

That group, advised by Moelis & Co., along with law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, sought bids in recent months from real-estate firms to finish the project, negotiating in the past few weeks with Triple Five, Florida-based DeBartolo Development, and a joint venture of the Trump Organization and TPG Capital.

The project is by no means a low-risk, and many real-estate executives who looked at it are unsure that the economics will work given the tremendous further investment needed. Skeptical about the finances, Donald Trump withdrew his bid earlier this month, he said an interview Thursday. "We studied it long and hard—it is a very tough deal at any price," he said.

Triple Five, the state government—which owns the land under the complex—and the lenders plan to continue talks and hash out specifics, though hurdles remain including lining up financing. "There are conditions to be met, but I'm comfortable that they can be met," said Jon Hanson, a former state official who led a state commission that recommended a path forward on Xanadu earlier this year.

With regard to a vision for the site, Triple Five said it expected to release plans after the New Year. One thing is certain, according to Ms. Bausch: "The name has to be changed."

I also read in an article I cant find "The exterior has to be changed."
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Now that's a sleek ski slope. The one at Xanadu is a joke. I'd be hard pressed to think of a worse cladding system, unless they just decided to slap some stucco or shingles on the walls.
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It will undoubtedly be a very big tourist attraction in North Jersey and New York. I hear they are putting a mega 20-screen movie theatre in there so I kind of feel bad for all the movie theatres in the area.
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