The modular tower known as B2, nestled against Barclays Center at 461 Dean Street in the Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards development, cause of lawsuits and greatly delayed, reached the 17th floor a few weeks ago. Its problem days are behind it, according to the latest communique from a spokesman.
But Norman Oder of Atlantic Yards Report, in a story on City Limits and two on his own blog, has dug up some details of its construction via FOIL that reveal a tortured past indeed — and might give pause to anyone contemplating renting there.
Atlantic Yards Report today published the FOIL documents in full. They reveal problems with leaks in the misaligned modular units far more extreme than previously indicated.
Two buildings planned for 731 and 733 Bergen Street in Prospect Heights will have modern organic-style exteriors, according to a rendering published by NY YIMBY. The facades will mix wood, a material associated with nature, with brick and concrete.
They will also have big multi-paned windows and balconies. The architect is Shmuel D. Flaum of Biz Designs LLC, based in Inwood.
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.
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.
A 100 percent affordable building development that seemed to be stalled recently broke ground, only to be hit with a stop work order. The project, at 816 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, is a rebuild of a rent-regulated mixed-use building that burned down in 2010.
A new building has been in the works here since at least 2012, but construction didn’t start until late spring. In early June, the DOB issued a stop work order for the site because digging for the foundation was undermining the building next door, records show.
The digging was “contrary to plan” and the “sides of the excavation [were] not protected,” according to the DOB. The owner, developer Larry Hirschfield of ELH Management, was ordered to backfill “as needed” and install monitoring equipment at the site.
This rental unit in the Newswalk condominiums, at 535 Dean Street in Prospect Heights, is a real-deal loft. It is not “loft-like,” or an apartment with a “loft-ish feel.”
It’s a big huge open space with a soaring ceiling in a former industrial building, with an open kitchen and a bedroom that’s partitioned off, but not a fully separate room.
A very large and potentially impressive cafe from the folks behind artisanal bodega Brooklyn Standard is under construction at 810 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights. The extensive space is hidden behind a tall construction fence covered in eye-catching murals, just a block from beloved Brooklyn institution Tom’s Restaurant.
The name of the cafe is Longevity, according to a construction worker we spoke to when we stepped inside. The now-raw space has been gutted and takes up the entire ground floor of the building — 2,700 square feet in all, according to PropertyShark. There are at least three rooms and a couple of old brick fireplaces without mantels.
Continuing with our horizontal fence week, this condo, in the 39-unit Washington, at 35 Underhill Avenue in Prospect Heights, is a duplex with a patio and a bottom floor that sits below ground. It’s on the market for $1,475,000, listed by Corcoran broker Rodolfo Lucchese.
On the plus side: The open-plan living room and kitchen make for a nice, expansive living space. The granite-countered kitchen is attractive (though that tile scheme may not be for everyone), and the wall of glass at the rear offers light and a nice feel. There’s a good-sized outdoor space in the rear, which is low on greenery, but still a nice thing to have.
Overall, it’s almost 1,900 square feet of space, which is fairly roomy. There’s a lot of closet space, and a storage room on the bottom level. There’s a washer and dryer, and two-zoned central air conditioning.
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.
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.