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Modular tower 461 Dean might get first occupant (resident manager) next week

Not only might the construction fence go down around 461 Dean Street (aka B2), the long-gestating modular apartment building flanking the Barclays Center, it might soon have its first occupant.

Peter Walsh, the building's resident manager, said last night at the monthly meeting of the 78th Precinct Community Council, that he might move in as early as Tuesday, Nov. 1. That's nearly four years after the groundbreaking, twice as long as the originally promised timetable (once 20 months, then two years).

That, interestingly enough, is the same date as the Quality of Life Community Update meeting, which means that developer Forest City Ratner--remember, this is the only tower not being developed jointly with Greenland USA--would have some good news to announce.

What will be interesting/challenging for Walsh and the new residents is how arena operations--which often bring vehicles idling and double-parking nearby--impact their lives. Then again, presumably the moving trucks delivering new residents' property will pose a different set of challenges on narrow Dean Street.