Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Work remains halted at the site of the modular residential tower next to the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn. The building is part of the 22-acre, mixed-use development formerly known as Atlantic Yards and now branded Pacific Park.

The construction firm Skanska filed a complaint in New York State Supreme Court against Forest City Ratner affiliate, Atlantic Yards B2 Owner, and then Skanska was hit with a counter suit from Forest City.

The dispute, according to court papers, began as early as last January and centers on the design and construction of the pre-fabricated units that make up the modular tower. The 34-story residential high-rise was supposed to be completed in July 2014. So far only 10 of the proposed 34 stories are finished, and there is no end date in site for the proposed residential tower. It was to have been the world's tallest building made up of pre-fabricated modular apartment units built off site. 

"According to Forest City, they had 'cracked the [modular] code.' That turned out not to be true. Now, rather than acknowledging their problems, they are slinging mud at Skanska," said Richard Kennedy, Skanska's co-chief operating officer.

The building's 930 pre-fabricated steel modules fit together to create completed apartments. They're trucked from the factory to the site, then stacked like blocks to form the finished building, according to court documents filed by Forest City Ratner.

In the developer's lawsuit, the firm blames Skanska for "massive" cost overruns and delays.

Skanska stopped work at the Brooklyn building last week.

"Skanska’s unilateral action has barred construction from continuing, and this lawsuit is the first of many steps we intend to take to get this building moving again," said MaryAnne Gilmartin, Forest City Ratner Companies president and CEO.

Half of the modular tower's 363 units were being built for moderate and lower income tenants.

“We hope the parties can resolve this matter quickly so workers can get back to work and this affordable housing project can move forward," said Wiley Norvell, deputy press secretary for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Forest City said no new end date for the modular tower has been set.


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Comments [5]

joseph e. falardo

everyone talks about keeping the middle-class in the city, Mayor deBlazio has to come to the aid of the people in the old met
complex on 23rd street. there you have a mixture of what nyc is all about (no separate entrances), he could loan the buildin
with pension money at a better rate than the banks want and the residence could be a secure that they will have affordable housing like the Mayor wants.

Sep. 07 2014 09:38 AM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Once again, Ratner breaks another one of his promises, and so many will still believe everything he says no matter what. This once again shows how much he can't be trusted and shouldn't have gotten his way. If anyone thought that this area was blighted before, it's blighted right now thanks to this. Meanwhile, I do find it an irony for the DNC to host at the Barclays Center when it's a product of both eminent domain abuse and corporate welfare, which is something that the Democrats are actually against.

Sep. 04 2014 06:52 PM

@Mike Hunt: Not that your comment is remotely relevant, but I'm curious whether you have spoken to any of your "colleagues" since homosexuality was removed from the DSM more than 40 years ago.

Sep. 04 2014 01:05 PM
GCL from Astora Queens

@Mike Hunt:
And that means what? The article concerns a housing project that was fraught with problems from the start. Your comment is appropriate but for a different article, the one about the problems concerning the parade next year.

And in fact Brooklyn, did not need the mess built over the Yards, nothing intelligent so far has come out of the performance space and the inability of the people behind the housing idea is why we don't need more badly built apartment buildings.

Sep. 04 2014 10:59 AM
Mike Hunt from here

As a fully licensed psychotherapist and psychological counselor, I (as well as my colleagues) find it very sad that homosexuality is not only accepted but is encouraged by the media, TV shows, movies etc. It is portrayed as trendy, cool, funny, modern and even an expression of sophisticated individuality. This is like some visual impairment afflicting millions of people being both accepted and encouraged by mainstream society. In reality it is none of these but is a serious psychological disorder likely to continue growing unless people re-think their attitudes about it and work to provide more for those afflicted by it.

Sep. 03 2014 04:56 PM

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