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Ratner discusses progress at Atlantic Yards: VIDEO

February 25, 2013 02:00PM

The foundation of the first residential tower at Atlantic Yards is being laid down and in May, the 32-story building will rise above the ground, Bruce Ratner, CEO of Forest City Ratner, which is developing the massive Brooklyn project, told Bloomberg News. The property is slated for completion about a year from this June, he said.

The building, dubbed B2, broke ground in December and is slated to be the world’s tallest modular tower.

“We wanted to come up with a method that assured the same kind of pricing and also was less expensive to build, but still as good or higher quality,” Ratner told Bloomberg of the modular construction method.

However, the use of modular construction has meant fewer and lower-paying construction jobs. Indeed, the bulk of the nearly 2,000 jobs created by the center are part-time and without benefits, as previously reported. Only 100 are full time, but most center employees belong to the SEIU 32BJ union.

“The job situation is incredible that we’ve done,” Ratner told Bloomberg. He said he expects more jobs as the housing gets built.

“As we continue to build and as we add our buildings on, there will be more and more jobs,” he said.

B2 will include 181 units of low-, moderate- and middle-income housing, while the other 182 units will go for market rate. The two other towers in the vicinity will begin construction this summer, previous reports have said.

Ratner said he is seeing “huge demand” for residential rentals. “Brooklyn is definitely the place to be today,” he said.

The Barclays Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets NBA team, opened in late 2012 and will one day also be the home of the New York Islanders NHL team. [Bloomberg News]Zachary Kussin

5 Responses to “Ratner discusses progress at Atlantic Yards: VIDEO”

  1. February 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm, Norman Oder said:

    Um, those claimed 1800 jobs? That’s 1240 FTE (full-time equivalent), according to statistics from Ratner’s firm

    • February 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm, no-permits said:

      shut up you bum.

    • February 26, 2013 at 5:42 pm, no-permits said:

      why do my anti-norm comments keep getting deleted?

      you’re a bum norm. get a job hippie.

  2. February 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm, no-permits said:

    the host looks high out of her mind.

  3. February 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm, Dionne Toussaint said:

    I’m really excited to see this project come to fruition. It will be interesting to see if this fuels the prefab/modular construction industry in NYC. @Dionne_Corcoran

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