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Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Blog |

Prefab Affordable Housing Debuts

What is believed to be the world’s tallest modular building made its debut Tuesday in Brooklyn, a 32-story rental tower constructed with prefabricated units stacked like Legos. Forest City Ratner Cos. is now leasing the building, known as 461 Dean. It has 363 studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments. The tower, which consists of half market-rate apartments and half for affordable housing tenants, is part of the 22-acre Pacific Park Brooklyn development which will have 6,430 apartments. Across New York, in the past few years, several smaller modular projects, of four- to seven-story buildings, have been developed, said Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute, an international trade group. In Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood, the 28-unit apartment building called the Stack opened earlier this year. Far more common are smaller projects. One- and two-story commercial and single-family residential projects could number in the hundreds. “We are seeing other large cities embrace modular to address the ‘affordable housing’ issue,” said Mr. Hardiman, who said 461 Dean was the tallest...

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