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The big warehouse at 752 Pacific Street in Prospect Heights is now gone, demolished to make way for two Atlantic Yards (aka Pacific Park) buildings, according to a rep from Greenland Forest City, who sent us these photos. Demolition of the 70,000-square-foot building began two weeks ago at the large site between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues, as reported.

Two buildings are planned for the property — an affordable development at 535 Carlton Avenue and a market-rate one at 550 Vanderbilt Avenue. Click through to see what the warehouse looked like.

Greenland, Forest City Start Demo on Pacific Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photos by Greenland Forest City

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Forest City Ratner and Skanska are discussing a buyout deal and have already set a price, although other terms are still under negotiation, according to a letter Skanska sent to the judge overseeing the former partners’ lawsuits over the stalled modular B2 tower. In fact, a closing date was set for Monday, Atlantic Yards Report reported. There has been no announcement from either party, so perhaps the closing has not yet taken place.

Forest City would buy out Skanska, freeing up Forest City to restart construction on the stalled tower. A buyout deal could include compensation for cost overruns the two have been fighting about in court and put the lawsuits to rest.

Forest City Seems Ready to Buy out Skanska’s Interest in Closed Modular Factory; Deal Could Close Tomorrow [AYR]
Skanska Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo by Field Condition

Update: We have just received a statement from Skanska. It says: “Today FCRC Modular LLC and Skanska Modular LLC announced that FCRC Modular LLC will purchase the ownership interest of Skanska Modular LLC in their jointly owned modular factory business in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, FC+Skanska Modular LLC, for an undisclosed amount. The agreement, achieved through mediation with Roger J. Peters, Esq., marks the end of the companies’ partnership at the modular factory and makes FCRC Modular the sole owner and manager of the modular business. Litigation between the companies over the B2 Project will continue and is not impacted by this agreement.”

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Greenland and Forest City Ratner Friday started demolishing the big old warehouse at 752 Pacific Street to make way for two apartment buildings planned for the block between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues — a large piece of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park development. A representative for Forest City Ratner sent us these photos of the demolition.

The 100 percent affordable 535 Carlton Avenue and market-rate 550 Vanderbilt Avenue will both rise on this property, bringing a total of 580 apartments, 298 of which will be affordable. The rep revealed that two other buildings (“B13 and B14″) are tentatively planned for the site as well, but permits haven’t been filed yet. Click through to see more.

Photos via Forest City Ratner

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Forest City Enterprises is selling its 55 percent majority stake in Barclays Center, according to Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal. Possible candidates include Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who already owns 45 percent of the arena, or the new owners of the Islanders. No price has been named, but investment banking sources quoted by SBJ speculated $750,000,000 would be the top valuation, based on an estimated $30,000,000 in annual cash flow.

Atlantic Yards Report called the sale “curious,” considering the center cost more than $845,000,000 to build, according to various estimates. What do you make of it?

Barclays Center for Sale [SBJ]
Breaking: Ratner’s Selling Share of Barclays Center (at a Loss?) [AYR]

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As Forest City Ratner battles builder Skanska in court over the stalled B2 tower and Greenland Forest City Partners moves ahead with the rest of the development, New York YIMBY has snagged a rendering of a new piece of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park: a 17-story condo development planned for the large vacant lot on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt. CookFox is designing the 275-unit tower, which will have an address of 550 Vanderbilt Avenue.

New building applications were filed last month for the tower, which will include 326,047 square feet of residential space and 4,731 square feet of ground floor retail, as reported. The exterior will be a mix of masonry and precast concrete, which will provide “a gradual aesthetic transition” between the historic townhouses in the area and “the more modernist SHoP towers of the western end of the site,” according to YIMBY.

To recap the project’s timetable: the SHoP-designed modular tower at 461 Dean Street (formerly B2) has started construction but is stalled, 30 6th Avenue next door is supposed to break ground in the middle of next year, and the affordable tower at 535 Carlton and 550 Vanderbilt are both scheduled to break ground by the end of this year. Condo sales are supposed to start mid-2015, according to YIMBY.

Click through to see a close-up of the entrance of 550 Vanderbilt. What do you think of the design of the building, which will fill a prominent hole at the corner of Vanderbilt and Dean Streets?

Revealed: 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, 17-Story Pacific Park Brooklyn Condo Tower [NYY] GMAP
Atlantic Yards Coverage [Brownstoner]

Renderings by CookFox via NYY (more…)

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As Skanska and Forest City prepare to meet in court tomorrow, Atlantic Yards Report has unearthed documents that detail a long list of problems with the construction of the modular tower, B2. To make a long story short, the tower could leak.

In more detail, there have been lots of problems with the alignment of the modules, according to Skanksa. For example, one problem is the tolerances between match plates, which tie together the modules. The original drawings called for a 1/4 inch tolerance but in the field the bolt holes only allowed a tolerance of 1/16th of an inch. To correct this flaw, the holes were enlarged, but apparently they became too big (1 and 3/4 of an inch), which “created the potential” for misalignment, according to the documents. The factory in the Navy Yard was also too small to allow for efficient production.

A hearing for a preliminary injunction to reopen the factory takes place tomorrow morning in Manhattan. Click through to Atlantic Yards Report for tons more insight on the construction issues Skanska is alleging. Also, the problems with the modular construction could freeze lending for modular projects in the area, according to a story in The New York Daily News.

Skanska Warns of Possible Leaks in B2 Modular Tower [AYR]
As B2 Tower Sits Unfinished, Debate Over Modular Construction Rises [NY Daily News]

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The StorageMart on Atlantic Avenue — a huge, hard-to-miss building — is closing to make way for Atlantic Yards. Management sent out a notice via email to its customers yesterday, which one of them forwarded to us. Turns out the building is one of the ones being taken over by eminent domain! The judge granted the state’s request for all seven of the remaining Atlantic Yards sites yesterday, as DNAinfo and Atlantic Yards Report were the first to note.

StorageMart isn’t happy about the seizure. “The New York State Urban Development Corporation dba Empire State Development (ESD) has been trying for years to take over our property located at 718 Atlantic Ave as part of the Atlantic Yards project. Unfortunately it finally succeeded on August 29, 2014,” the email says.

Click through to see the letter.

Photo by Greg Snodgrass for PropertyShark (more…)

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Forest City Ratner has filed new building applications for a third, conventionally built building at 540 Vanderbilt Avenue. The development comes hot on the heels of filings for a second new building, 535 Carlton Avenue, the state’s plans to seize seven Atlantic Yards properties under eminent domain, and lawsuits over the first tower, B2.

The complex between Pacific and Dean Streets will rise 17 stories and house 282 units. Designed by Cook+Fox, the project will include 326,047 square feet of residential space and 4,731 square feet of ground floor retail. (more…)

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As Forest City and Skanska wrangle over the stalled B2 modular tower, Forest City and partner Greenland are losing no time getting the next projects going. Permits have been filed for the second Atlantic Yards (now renamed Pacific Park) tower. This one will be at 535 Carlton, at the corner of Dean Street, and will be 100 percent affordable rentals.

The building will be 19 stories with 298 apartments, as New York YIMBY was the first to report. The architect of record is Cook+Fox. The project is supposed to break ground in December, Forest City Ratner promised.

Permits Filed: 535 Carlton Avenue, Pacific Park [NYY]
Rendering by Cook+Fox

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Late Friday Forest City Ratner issued yet another salvo in the war with Skanska over their jointly operated and now-shuttered modular factory. “FCRC Modular representatives tried to enter the factory today and were barred by Skanska,” said a press release we received.

So, the release goes on, yet another lawsuit has been filed — this one by FCR Modular, the Forest City half of the partnership that with Skanska Modular runs the joint venture called FC+Skanska, according to the release.

To make a long story short, it alleges breach of contract by Skanska for shutting down the factory and asks the court for an injunction to reopen the factory “immediately.” Perhaps last week’s request to take over the factory was laying the groundwork for this suit?

In any case, it occurs to us that the merits of the case — even if, say, the allegations of both parties are true and they are both at fault — Skanska for poor management and Forest City for a non-workable modular design — may not matter. The winner may well turn out to be the one who can prove breach of contract.

Photo by Curbed

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Forest City Ratner and Skanska are at it again… This time, Forest City sent out a letter asking to take over Skanska’s modular factory at the Navy Yard. They say it’s for the good of the 157 workers! We reached out to Skanska for comment, and they called the proposal “a propaganda exercise.” Click through to see the letter and Skanska’s response. (more…)

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The mudslinging has begun over construction delays at Atlantic Yards, with Skanska and Forest City Ratner trading lawsuits today over issues at the first tower, B2. Forest City accuses Skanska of massive delays and cost overruns amounting to tens of millions of dollars, according to a complaint filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court. Last week, Skanska shut down its modular apartment factory at the Navy Yard and halted construction on Dean Street. Work began on the 32-story, 363-unit modular B2 tower in December 2012, and it’s risen to about 10 stories so far.

Forest City wants a judge to order Skanska to restart construction and re-open the factory. The work suspension has left 150 union employees out of work and — here’s a juicy detail revealed in the lawsuit — the project’s construction lender has temporarily stopped giving funds for a loan until it receives a new anticipated completion date, the Daily News reported. (more…)