The developer Forest City Ratner and the construction firm Skanska have had a bitter parting of ways over a stalled construction project. But both say they still believe in the pioneering pre-fab approach it took.
It might just be a nasty business dispute. But the brouhaha between Forest City and Skanksa over delays and alleged design flaws at a planned modular tower could also affect whether pre-fabricated structures are seen as a viable way to build affordable housing in New York.
Affordability in next two buildings skews to households earning six figures; pattern suggests more all market-rate towers; new emphasis on larger units.
Documents reveal tense negotiations between city housing officials and Forest City Ratner over the kind of affordable housing the first Atlantic Yards residential tower will provide. Turns out it’s different from what the developer promised.
Brooklynites who fought against the Atlantic Yards development shared lessons they learned with Bronx residents who are resisting a different city-subsidized development deal.
In a matter of months the Nets will be playing ball at the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic, as envisioned more than eight years ago by developer Bruce Ratner. But the rest of Atlantic Yards’ promise has yet to be fulfilled. Given the deep disagreement the project prompted, what does that mean for Brooklyn?