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12-18-2012, 02:10 PM
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Mark your calendars and clear your schedules, the first Atlantic Yards tower breaks ground next week on Tuesday, December 18.

An unusual and record-setting building project is getting underway in Brooklyn.

Ground is being broken today for B2, the first residential tower among the 16 structures planned for the Atlantic Yards development in Prospect Heights.
At a completed height of 32 stories, B2 is slated to be the world's tallest residential modular building...

Half of the apartments in the building will be earmarked for low and middle-income residents.
It is expected to be ready for tenants in the summer of 2014.

Well, modular is here, and it’s real. After decades of dreaming by architects, an unlikely patron, developer Bruce Ratner, has made it possible to build a New York City building in a factory, assembling the units on site. Instead of cars, we will now be rolling apartments off an assembly line.
New Yorkers got their first look at the product, too, or at least the “chasis” around which these units will be built, at a ground breaking for the first Atlantic Yards residential tower, B2, nestled up beside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn...

Plus, there are the other opportunities this new technology opens up, not only making unfeasible projects buildable, thanks to the estimated 30 percent savings, but it could also convert non-union jobs to unionized ones. Bruce Ratner, Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Marty Markowitz all cheered on the possibility of modular housing becoming a booming export from Brooklyn and elsewhere in the city. “It’s a whole new industry, born here in Brooklyn,” Mr. Markowitz proudly declared.

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