It’s been a long an tumultuous journey for 461 Dean, also know as the B2 tower, and better known as the world’s tallest prefab tower. The fire-engine-red stacked building has seen numerous delays in the last four years thanks to lawsuits, leaks, and alignment issues. Its developer Forest City Ratner even opted to exit the modular business last month—although that’s not to say that the technology developed is any less valuable (more on that ahead). But now that celebratory champagne bottle can finally be popped, as this afternoon the developer held a grand opening ceremony to kick off the official start of leasing.
Developed by Forest City Ratner, 461 Dean is the first residential building to open at Pacific Park Brooklyn, the 22-acre mixed-use community that sits at the nexus of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Park Slope and Prospect Heights. The SHoP Architects-designed tower abuts the Barclays Center, rising 32 stories at the intersection of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue. Inside are 363 apartments, each of which have been manufactured off-site in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Half of the apartments are market-rate units, while the remaining 181 have been reserved for low- and middle-income households.
Apartments feature wide-plank white walnut flooring, brushed metal hardware, oversized windows, and in-unit washers and dryers. Amenities include a 24-hour doorman, fitness center, private dining room, lounge, terrace, children’s play room, game room, and art studio. The building is a mix of 149 studios, 166 one-bedroom apartments and 48 two-bedroom apartments, with 23 original unit configurations. As far as pricing goes, studios start at $2,450, one-bedrooms from $3,125, and two-bedrooms from $4,750.
In October, Roger Krulak, a former Forest City executive, acquired the modular factory used to build the units from Forest City Ratner for an undisclosed amount. Krulak recently created a company called Full Stack Modular and he is reportedly in talks with developers to design and build several New York-area buildings like 461 Dean. “Modular is the future of the industry,” he said previously. “Our systems are not only more efficient and cost effective than conventional building, but also more sustainable and community friendly.”
Adding to that, this afternoon, SHoP principal Chris Sharples said, “Offsite construction reduces environmental impact and offers a creative way forward for the construction industry to address the intersecting needs of cities today. This is a pioneering project, and the methods we developed here can help meet the enormous demand for new housing in New York and other rapidly growing cities.”
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