The first residential building at Atlantic Yards, the 32-sotry B2 will be located at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Dean Street. It has been the subject of controversy, as community members feared that developer Forest City Ratner would not include the affordable housing they were promised.
To ease community fears, Forest City Ratner has promised that of the 363 rental units, 50 percent will be affordable.
“This new building will bring more affordable housing to one of the most exciting parts of Brooklyn,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the groundbreaking ceremony. “Its innovative construction will create jobs in Brooklyn and hopefully serve as a model that enables more affordable housing construction in the future. “
The building will be constructed using a modular process, meaning that pieces of the building will be constructed off-site, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and transported to the construction site.
There the pieces will be stacked to form the building. This will reduce the construction time by 10 months, making the project from beginning to end a 20-month process.
“Our city is starved for affordable housing and we are proud that Atlantic Yards will provide housing to New Yorkers of all economic means, reflecting the diversity that defines Brooklyn and New York,” said Bruce Ratner, chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner.