Friday, November 18, 2011

A statement from Council Member Letitia James on the modular issue

A statement by Council Member Letitia James on Forest City Ratner’s plan to use Prefabricated Steel on Towers at Atlantic Yards project:
“The use of prefabricated steel ‘modular construction’ to build apartment towers as a part of Atlantic Yards is another despicable slight to the community surrounding the project by eliminating more crucial jobs for residents, as well as possibly creating less sound structures in an attempt to cut costs, all while FCRC has received City and State subsidies for the development. Past experience has also shown that designing a ‘bracing system’ for prefabricated steel buildings to protect against storms has been challenging. Bruce Ratner does have an obligation to support the community he serves by providing employment opportunities, as well as to parallel the safety of these buildings with those around the footprint that have weathered more than 100 years.”
It will be interesting to see how the city and state confirm that high-rise construction with modules and a steel frame will work at the planned, experimental height.

And there's a lot more James could say, notably regarding how Ratner could claim that it's impossible to build high-rise affordable apartment buildings with union labor, and how the city seems to be learning how to do deals better.

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