Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Photos: preliminary work on the site for Building 2, the first modular tower

On Monday, Forest City Ratner began work on the foundation and piles for the first residential tower (aka Building 2 or Tower 2), having announced Department of Buildings approval two days before the DOB actually granted it.

Forest City has announced plans to build the first tower using modular construction, and has said a lease on a modular factory would be signed this month, though no formal announcement has been made.

At 32 stories and some 350 units, it would be the tallest modular building ever, a technological gamble of sorts, as well as a gambit that could save Forest City Ratner significant money and time. Construction would not start until the arena opens. Forest City has not yet described how construction would disrupt foot traffic.

Below, photos by community contributor AYInforNYC taken Monday of initial work. Note that the space around the arena is somewhat exaggerated because the fencing goes past the property line to the edge of the sidewalk.

Looking west from Sixth Avenue north of Dean Street.

Looking west from Dean Street, with Flatbush Avenue in the background.

Looking west from Sixth Avenue north of Dean Street.

A close-up from Dean Street.

Looking northwest from Sixth Avenue and Dean Street.

Looking northwest from curb of Sixth Avenue and Dean Street.

Looking west from Sixth Avenue and Dean Street.

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