Construction appears to be picking up pace once again at the megaproject formerly known as Atlantic Yards, in Brooklyn. The project has been rebranded Pacific Park and has four towers currently under construction.
After disputes between Skanska and developer Forest City Ratner that led to a site shutdown and legal battles, SHoP Architects' B2 modular tower, now rebranded as 461 Dean, is slated to resume construction. According to Curbed, the 10th floor units, where construction stalled, must be realigned before the remaining 22 stories can be installed on site. In February, permits were filed for SHoP's second building for the project, 30 6th Avenue, a 23-story all affordable rental building adjacent to 461 Dean. Along with apartments, the building will include a healthcare facility, commercial space, and a parking garage. Ground breaking on 30 6th Avenue should take place in June.
Along with SHoP, COOKFOX Architects are currently designing two towers for the mega development. Initial site work has begun at 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, a 17-story, 278 unit condo tower. Amenities include a shared roof terrace on the eighth floor, residents lounge, library, playroom, fitness center, chef's kitchen, bike storage and underground parking. Also underway by COOKFOX, 535 Carlton Avenue, a 19-story, 298 unit rental building that will be comprised of only affordable units. Both projects have an optimistic completion date of June 2016.
Architects: SHoP Architects (461 Dean, 30 6th Avenue), COOKFOX Architects (535 Carlton, 550 Vanderbilt); Landscape Architects: Thomas Balsley Associates; Master Plan: Gehry Partners LLP; Developers: Greenland Forest City Partners (Forest City Ratner Companies, Greenland USA); Program: Mixed Use (Residential, Office, Hotel, Retail, School, Healthcare, Sports Arena, Open Space); Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY.