Design Revealed for Atlantic Yards' Pre-Fab Tower

The 32-story residential building at the corner of Flatbush and Dean will be the world's tallest modular steel structure.

Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner has unveiled designs for what would be the world’s tallest prefabricated tower.

The 350 unit, 32-story residential building, which would sit on the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street will be the first housing built on the site.

The developer hopes to begin construction on the project next year.

Forest City Ratner hasn’t decided for sure to go with modular construction, which been tested at the planned height, according to the New York Times.

When it that the site’s first building would be partially built in a factory, unions were concerned that would translate into lost jobs, while a modular-building manufacturers pointed out the union jobs would remain, but would take place in a factory instead of on a construction site.

While the height is unique, prefabricated housing is not new: those 32 three-story brick townhouses just north of the Atlantic Yards, for example are modular.

sANDRA bELL November 17, 2011 at 10:18 PM
sANDRA bELL November 17, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Jane Kurinsky November 18, 2011 at 01:19 PM
And exactly what is this building going to do to enhance the neighborhood? Very sad.
Brooklyn Returnee November 18, 2011 at 04:30 PM
As if the brick townhouses were anything to brag about architecturally. This building is out of scale with the rest of the neighborhood and unattractive to boot. A travesty.
What a monstrosity! Ugly, cheap looking and yes, way out of scale for this neighborhood. Greed & dirty politics won over the needs -and worries- of the locals. This has sounded like such an ugly process, with dirty games after dirty games. They even had the audacity to cite "urban blight" (!) in court, as one reason to get to build here. There was no urban blight, just an underused area that could have really been built to be nice and to meet the community's needs. Now, because of Ratner, there WILL be urban blight. The Downtown Brooklyn is being destroyed by Ratner, for good. The traffic, which already is horrendous, is going to be unbearable every time there is an event at this arena.


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