It isn’t all that surprising that Forest City Ratner is seriously considering building a 34 story, pre-fab, modular tower to satisfy affordable housing requirements. This is just one of many promises that will be unkept on the Atlantic Yards project. This particular promise was to the construction workers who stood to gain quite a few jobs out of this project. But, modular construction means far fewer construction jobs.
But it would also infuriate the construction workers who were Mr. Ratner’s most ardent supporters during years of stormy community meetings, where they drowned out neighborhood opponents with chants of, “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”
There should also be some safety concerns about a modular tower that high. It’s probably not going to look all that wonderful either. Then again, I doubt anything built on that site will be all that aesthetically pleasing, prefab or not.