Lucy Wang

Controversial Atlantic Yards Development Rebranded as Pacific Park – and Actually Includes a Park

by , 08/07/14



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Just like the nearly decade-old Atlantic Yards plan, Pacific Park is envisioned as a 22-acre, mixed-use site anchored on one end by the SHoP-designed Barclays Center. COOKFOX has already begun design on two of the residential buildings: 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, set to include 275 units, and 535 Carlton Avenue, which will provide 100 percent affordable housing within its approximately 300 units. The renderings reveal a green, pedestrian-friendly streetscape set against a backdrop of brown brick buildings reminiscent of the local architecture.

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“Like SHoP’s work on the arena block, COOKFOX appreciates the need to contextualize these buildings to create a great sense of place while also complementing the neighborhoods that they will join,” says MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies and President of Greenland Forest City Partners. “We were looking for Brooklyn sensibility that could combine park space, interesting materials, scale and an appreciation of nature within an urban environment. The early design work does that wonderfully.”

Work will begin on 535 Carlton Avenue this December, with construction at 550 Vanderbilt soon to follow. Slated for completion by 2025, Pacific Park Brooklyn will comprise 247,000 square feet of retail space, 336,000 square feet of commercial, and 6,430 residential units with approximately a third reserved for affordable housing.

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Via Curbed NY

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