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A slew of local artists put up murals on the 16-foot-tall green construction fence — recently dubbed the “Green Monster” — along Dean Street in Prospect Heights during Saturday’s 10 Murals/1 Day block party thrown by Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park developer Greenland Forest City Partners. 

Headed by Broad City illustrator Mike Perry, the public artwork project was required of the developer by an environmental impact agreement with the state, according to DNAinfo.

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Forest City and Greenland Forest City Partners’ 17-building mega development, Pacific Park, is finally moving forward at a steady pace on all four active building sites.

Construction of the residential towers started in 2013 with SHoP Architects’ 461 Dean Street (aka B2), a 32-story modular tower of 363 units built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. After a messy dispute in 2014 between the developers and the construction team, Skanska, which brought the project to a halt, the stacking resumed this past spring. (Note: Greenland is not involved in 461 Dean Street — it is owned by Forest City only.)

Units have been stacked up to the 17th floor at the site, nestled up close to Barclays Center on the corner of Flatbush Avenue. There are only two floors left to go before the final rectangular volume rises at the center of the three-volume massing design. (more…)

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Some of the last buildings that the government seized from their longtime owners in order to make way for the Atlantic Yards project are likely to be demolished soon. Demolition permits were filed on Thursday for 491, 493 and 495 Dean Street. The three 19th century row houses sit close to the corner of 6th Avenue, right across from Barclays Center in Prospect Heights.

The buildings, pictured below (491 is on the left), were part of a long dispute with developer Bruce Ratner of Forest City and the then Empire State Development Corporation. Eventually, the owners and their families, some of whom had lived here for generations, were ordered by the state to vacate the properties in September of 2014 and reportedly had 90 days to do so. The sums they were offered by the state for the properties were not made public. (more…)

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Standing on Barclays Center’s green roof. Photo by Chris Ryan for The Architect’s Newspaper

It must have been a disappointment to many architecture enthusiasts when they discovered that the plan to build a green roof for Barclays Center had been nixed for budgetary reasons. The roof had been part of the original Frank Gehry design — along with a running track around its perimeter — but those features were scrapped during the recession.

The resulting white top, with its big blue logo, gave the stadium a feeling of being somehow unfinished. Now, three years after the grand opening of Barclays Center, the green roof is back in play — and it looks as if all the greenery may be in place by the end of July. Fingers crossed.

The 135,000-square-foot area is in the process of being covered with a layer of sedum, a genus of flowering plants that store water in their leaves. The idea is to capture rainwater, reduce noise output, and provide a more pleasing view for both passers-by and future residents of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park highrises being built around it.

The Architect’s Newspaper recently got an exclusive tour of the roof in construction, and the photos give the otherworldly impression of a park floating above the streets of Brooklyn. (more…)

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We ran over for a quick peek yesterday evening at the construction site of the latest Atlantic Yards tower to break ground, at 38 6th Avenue next to Barclays Center in Prospect Heights. This week, Greenland Forest City Partners started construction on the 100 percent affordable housing tower, Forest City announced yesterday.

Peering through a hole in the green construction fence, we could see a little big of digging for the foundation had started on the cleared site. That little bit of digging is important, because without it, Forest City would have had to pay the City a fine of as much as $5,000,000. (more…)

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Listings for eight apartments at 550 Vanderbilt, the first condo building in the large and controversial Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards complex, have gone up online. The 17-story, 278-unit market-rate building is under construction on the corner of Vanderbilt and Dean Street.

The listings show the first interior renderings we have seen for the apartments. Prices range from $565,000 for a studio to $2,890,000 for a three-bedroom, 3.5 bath apartment. We expect more listings will go up over the next few days. (more…)

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Greenland Forest City Partners Monday filed for a permit to build a 26-story condominium tower at 615 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, part of the massive Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project. This is the fifth building in the 15-unit complex.

The condo building will have 312,746 square feet of residential space and 244 units of housing, according to the permits.

The building will be 278 feet high, and have 4,435 square feet of retail. The condos, which will be market rate, according to the Atlantic Yards Report, are likely to be quite large: an average of 1,282 square feet per unit. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is the applicant of record. (more…)

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There’s been visible progress at the formerly stalled modular B2 tower in the last few days. When we passed by over the weekend, we could see a few modules making up part of the 11th floor.

Previously, the first Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park tower had risen to 10 stories before a dispute amongst the partners halted construction in August. Work at the site resumed in April, as we reported. Click through for more photos.

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Major development: Forest City Ratner will restart work at the stalled B2 modular tower whose construction problems led to lawsuits between it and former partner Skanska.

It will start by “tightening up the tolerances” of the current top floor of modules, then it will realign some modules, and possibly lift and reset some modules with the crane, wrote the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Report, based on a construction bulletin. That will set the stage for stacking the next bunch of modules, to build the 11th, 12th and 13th floors.

Mind you, this doesn’t mean Forest City is admitting there’s an issue with the design, just that they’ve solved whatever the problem was.

Work will resume at the site on the first of April, weather permitting, the bulletin said. Click through for more photos of the stalled tower. We took them in late January.

Modules in B2 Prefab Tower Must Be Realigned [AYR]

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Now that spring is almost here, the Municipal Arts Society is organizing tours of three very different Brooklyn areas —Prospect Heights/Atlantic Yards, Bushwick and Bed Stuy. First, preservationist Joe Svehlak will explore historic row houses and churches as well as new developments, like Rheingold Gardens, in Bushwick. The tour will discuss potential landmarks and Bushwick’s history as a German community known for breweries.

Then journalist Norm Oder, who’s behind the Atlantic Yards Report, will explain the politics, design, and decade-long controversy behind the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park project. He’ll also touch on part of the nearby Prospect Heights Historic District and retail changes in the area.

Lastly our very own Montrose Morris columnist, Suzanne Spellen, will lead a tour of Bedford Stuyvesant with preservationist and real estate agent Morgan Munsey. Attendees will learn about the history and culture of Bed Stuy. Expect a healthy dose of architectural history and insights into buildings designed by some of Brooklyn’s finest 19th and early 20th century architects.

The tour of Bushwick will take place Sunday, March 22 at 11 am, followed by the Atlantic Yards tour at 2 pm. The Bed Stuy tour will happen on Sunday, March 28 at 2 pm. Each tour costs $20 or $15 for MAS members, and tickets can be purchased through the MAS website.

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Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards’ first condo building, 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, will launch sales this summer, a rep told us. Prices will start roughly in the range of $550,000 and go all the way up to around $5,500,000, according to a teaser site that went live last week.

A few more details: Units will range from studios to four-bedrooms and include penthouses and maisonettes. The design will incorporate “minimal and elegant detailing” and “a strong connection to nature,” according to the copy, as well as views of the eponymous Pacific Park that will span eight acres next door. Amenities include a landscaped roof terrace on the eighth floor, residents’ lounge with fireplace, children’s playroom, chef’s kitchen for entertaining and private events, and a fitness center.

Construction will wrap in June 2016, according to a spokesperson.

As we have already reported, the luxury condo development will rise 17 stories and house 278 apartments. There will also be a pool, locker rooms, a shared library, common roof terrace and 198 bike storage spots.

The 100 percent affordable rental building next door at 535 Carlton Avenue, also designed by COOKFOX, is also supposed to wrap in June 2016.

Click through to see a rendering of the whole building.

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Renderings by COOKFOX

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Greenland Forest City Partners filed permits yesterday for the 23-story affordable rental building at 30 6th Avenue, on the corner of 6th and Dean Streets, firming up the details of plans released, along with the above rendering, months ago. The Real Deal was the first to spot the permits.

The Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park building will rise 218 feet into the air with a total of 341,595 square feet. The 305 apartments will be spread across 321,337 square feet of residential space; commercial square footage will total 20,000. The development will also have 73 subterranean parking spots and a medical facility on the second floor.

As previously announced, SHoP is the architect of record on the project, which will break ground by June 31.

Forest City Moves to Build 23-Story Resi Building at Pacific Park [TRD] 
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Rendering by SHoP Architects