Thursday, November 20, 2014

Forest City re stalled B2 tower: "Any alignment issues that may exist… is an easy fix"

At last night's Atlantic Yards Quality of Life meeting, held at Brooklyn Hospital near Downtown Brooklyn, Forest City Ratner noted they have now taken control of the modular factory from former partner Skanska, but could not predict when the next module would be lifted to re-start construction at the stalled B2 tower.

“We’ve stated again and again, the process was not the problem, our partner was,” Forest City Ratner Chief of Staff Ashley Cotton said. That, of course, remains the subject of litigation, as the two firms have filed dueling lawsuits regarding up to $50 million in cost overruns.

“Am I right that some of the mods are out of alignment,” asked resident Robert Puca, referencing what seems to be visible to passers-by.

“So I know that a lot of people have asked this question, it’s been written about,” Cotton responded.

"Any alignment issues that may exist… is an easy fix," she said. "I know what you mean, that’s why I don’t want to say you’re imagining it, but I have been assured again and again that we know exactly what's going on there, and that will be fixed."

Skanska, by contrast, has warned that "No one knows if the building is going to leak."

3 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    "easy fix" that coming from Ashley Cotton who has no background in engineering, urban planning, construction....oh, and I can go on and on. Structure of a building is very important and quality of construction as NY currently has an ongoing problem with many of newly constructed buildings in Brooklyn having defects. example: Tolan, Schaeffer Landing.

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    1. It's a good question... but to be fair Cotton was saying she was "assured," presumably by those with some expertise.

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  2. Is that an "easy" fix going forward when building in the future? Or is that an "easy" fix going forward to correct what is now already faultily in place?

    Also "easy fix" doesn't mean an inexpensive fix. We see that in how it is officially estimated that it may take as much as $110 million more to fix the building, this when the building was originally supposed to cost $155 million.

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