Ratner's Atlantic Yards Village of Pre-Fab High Rises? Not In My Back Yard! The New York Times broke a story today that could make your blood boil: to save money, Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner is considering building the tallest building ever made of pre-fab materials. While shorter pre-fab apartment buildings have been built, according to the Times story nobody has ever tried going up as high as the proposed 34 stories that the Atlantic Yards design calls for. (Watch an unbelievable U Tube video, cited in the Times as inspiring Ratner, as a 15-story, pre-fab hotel in Japan is erected in 2 days.)
Oh, and BTW, this questionable building, with about 400 apartments, "would fulfill his obligation to start building affordable housing at the site," according to the Times story, Prefabricated Tower May Rise at Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards. If the first building gets an OK, rest assured that Ratner will try to build all 16 of the proposed apartment towers in the same way: pre-fab.
Iffy housing safety for poor people? Undercutting the original deal, that the Atlantic Yards would create a lot of jobs?
Everybody knows Atlantic Yards is in a financial bind. And this prefab idea is ingenious, out-of-the-box thinking. But it's bad public policy. And, in terms of possible safety issues, well, just how cynical can you get? Anybody else object?