Bruce Ratner wants to construct the world’s tallest prefabricated structure at the Atlantic Yards site in Brooklyn, according to the New York Times. The 34-story proposed tower would include 400 affordable apartment units, fulfilling a promise Ratner made when he took over the site.
The prefabricated method allows Forest City Ratner, Ratner’s development company, to build a series of modules that contain the basic features of a housing unit, and then simply bolt them together to form a tower. It requires fewer workers and would save time and money, but has never been used for a building taller than a 25-story prefabricated dormitory in Wolverhampton, England.
The Times notes that by employing this relatively inexpensive method to fulfill his obligation to provide affordable housing, Ratner is neglecting a longtime support group: construction workers who were after Atlantic Yards jobs.