Tuesday, February 9, 2016

B2 in Brooklyn Nearing Completion Despite Major Problems

Back in November of 2014 I wrote about the problems facing one of the largest and tallest commercial modular projects in the US.

Construction of B2 BKLYN, a proposed tower built in the lego-esque modular technology, was at a standstill after developer Forest City Ratner Companies and construction company Skanska USA sued each other.

The stalled modular tower in Brooklyn has industry insiders asking the question: is modular construction at a large scale possible?

My, how times have changed!

Today B2, the modular tower located at 461 Dean Street, next to the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, is expected to welcome its first residents this year, and the lottery for its 181 affordable apartments will open sometime in March.

An email sent by the group Mutual Housing Association of New York noted that the apartments would show up on NYC Housing Connect, the city's website for affordable housing lotteries. And per a report on "high-end rentals" in the New York Times, "about 40 percent of the affordable units, or 72, will be for people making 100 percent to 160 percent of the area's median income, or up to $124,000 for a family of four."

Considering the issues that B2 has faced in the past few years—water damage, lawsuits, a change in construction companies, and the like—it's remarkable that it's now at the point of talking about occupancy. The newly-formed Forest City Modular took over construction of the building in 2014, and its units are currently being fabricated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard—though the future of that venture is also currently up in the air.

What many considered the end of modular high rise construction in America could actually become the wave of the future in commercial construction not only in Brooklyn but across the US.

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