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Boxing Days: Ratner takes month-long holiday from Yards construction

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Mega-developer Forest City Ratner has taken this whole winter holiday thing extra-seriously by stopping the installation of modular apartment units at the only Atlantic Yards building currently being built — immediately after the work started.

Two weeks have passed since the developer began the second phase of construction on the modular B2 skyscraper to great fanfare, but only three of the building blocks have been hoisted into the tower’s steel frame, despite claims that the operation would be around-the-clock, with eight apartment modules being plunked into place every day, the Ratner critic website Atlantic Yards Report first reported. Other longtime opponents of the project say they told us so.

“The delay in delivery and installation of B2 housing modules is just the latest in an unending string of broken Atlantic Yards promises,” said Eric McClure, founder of Park Slope Neighbors, pointing out that the developer scrapped its 2016 project deadline years ago and has yet to commit to another one. “Forest City said the project would be built in 10 years, with no intention of actually doing that, and this is more of the same.”

B2 is supposed to rise to 32 stories at the corner of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue, but the media event that showcased the installation of the second block on Dec. 12 was never supposed to signal the beginning of a new period of construction, claimed Ratner spokesman Michael Rapfogel on Thursday, saying that the plan was always to start slotting the apartment pieces in mid-January. But Rapfogel’s explanation flies in the face of what his colleague, head of construction Robert Sanna, told us at the inaugural block drop-in.

“We’ll be erecting the mods now through the summer, when we’ll go into the period of on-site work,” Sanna said back then.

Another Atlantic Yards foe says he is worried about the noise of constant truck traffic when the units finally do start arriving.

“Forest City Ratner Company has made a huge gamble on modular without ever bothering to consider how it might impact their project’s neighbors, who now may end up bearing the brunt of its omission,” said Gib Veconi, member of the activist group BrooklynSpeaks, which sued Forest City in 2009.

The developer has stressed that the prefabricated building method requires fewer deliveries than conventional construction.

B2 is supposed to boast 363 rental apartments, half of them renting for below-market-rate, and is the first of 15 planned towers in the development. The Chinese-government-owned developer Greenland finalized an agreement to buy a 70-percent stake in Atlantic Yards – not including the Barclays Center or B2 – for about $200-million last week. The companies expect to seal the deal in 2014, but need the sign-off of the federal Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

Updated 2:37 pm, December 27, 2013: Fixed spelling of Michael Rapfogel's name.
Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
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Reasonable discourse

Tom from Park Slope says:
And exactly how long do you think it will be until Forest City asks for another subsidy to cover the emergency costs making up for this delay that will inexplicably be blamed on community groups?

Look for it in the next year. This time they'll hit up their booster DeBlasio!
Dec. 27, 2013, 7:19 am
Norman Oder from Brooklyn says:
Megan,

Thanks for following up, but do note that the Ratner spokesman is not named Michael "Rapforge." He's Michael Rapfogel.

Norman Oder
30-year professional journalist (aka "Ratner critic website")
Dec. 27, 2013, 8:52 am
Norman Oder from Brooklyn says:
Also, just fyi, Bob Sanna or Robert Sanna, but not "Rob Sanna."

And here's the link to the coverage that spurred your reporting:
http://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2013/12/was-module-delivery-last-week-for.html
http://atlanticyardsreport.blogspot.com/2013/12/from-latest-atlantic-yards-construction_24.html
Dec. 27, 2013, 8:56 am
Nathan Tempey (Brooklyn Paper) says:
Thanks, Norman. Those spellings are fixed.
Dec. 27, 2013, 10:21 am
judahspechal from bedstuy says:
would u not complain if they were putting up Mods. during the Holidays? Just asking.

Btw. what exactly are the goals of the current protest at AY?
Dec. 27, 2013, 12:51 pm
Charles from PS says:
How many more developer promises will be broken with this project? Why did Forest City Ratner not give notice they would eventually sell the project to a totalitarian government? When will politicians finally stop the madness? What has happened to this country? Middle class, wake up!
Dec. 27, 2013, 1:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Once again, more broken promises with this project, but that's Ratner for you. He has been giving broken promises ever since he wanted this project to be built, and there were many who fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Of course, hard core supporters will always use Goldstein and the rest of the opposition as their personal scapegoat when they know that's not true. As for current protests, it's now about holding Ratner accountable for his promises now that he got his way into getting it built. For the record, I was against this project when it was still nothing more than a blueprint, and I was trying to stop this disaster from ever happening to start with rather than wait until the genie was out of the bottle. One other thing, this is a state project, so I do have a say on this especially because my tax dollars are going to this as well.
Dec. 27, 2013, 3:43 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal - You were against the Atlantic Yards project from the beginning? I don't think anyone knew that. I always thought you were getting paid by Ratner.
Dec. 28, 2013, 2:09 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
It simply does not cease to amaze the Chooch that there are websites, organizations, and arduous hours, days, months, and years of curmudgeonry devoted to grousing about every inconsequential glitch and fart in the unfolding of the worthy and necessary no-brainer called Atlantic Yards.
Dec. 30, 2013, 12:41 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, if I was getting paid by Ratner, I wouldn't be still living with my parents like you probably are right now.
Dec. 30, 2013, 4:16 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- I'm living with your parents?
Dec. 30, 2013, 7:27 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, I was referring to you living with your parents, not mine.
Dec. 30, 2013, 8:17 pm
Choochoo says:
Apparently the Chooch prefers media outlets that simply reprint Ratner press releases.
Jan. 1, 2014, 12:55 pm

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