Forest City Ratner Companies and Greenland USA, a subsidiary of the Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co., announced on August 4th that their new joint venture, named Greenland Forest City Partners, has selected COOKFOX to design two residential buildings at its project in Brooklyn.
Greenland Forest City Partners has also selected Thomas Balsley Associates to design the public park which will be known as Pacific Park. In addition, the joint venture announced that it has chosen Pacific Park Brooklyn as the new name for the Atlantic Yards project, highlighting the borough’s newest open space. Pacific Street aligns with the center of the project site, connecting it to the rest of Brooklyn.
The design team has been tasked with creating a permanent 8 acre Public Park for Brooklyn and, just as important, bringing it to life in phases, with both permanent and temporary installations, that will engage the existing community and the new residents as soon as each building is completed.
COOKFOX has already begun the design work on the next two residential buildings. 535 Carlton Avenue, which will have approximately 300 units at Carlton Avenue and Dean Street, will be 100 percent affordable rental and provide homes for low, moderate and middle income New Yorkers. 550 Vanderbilt Avenue will contain approximately 275 units at Vanderbilt Avenue and Dean Street and will be a condominium building. Construction on 535 Carlton is expected to commence this December with construction on 550 Vanderbilt beginning soon thereafter.
SHoP Architects will design 30 Sixth Avenue, a 100 percent affordable rental building with approximately 300 units on the arena block. Construction on 30 Sixth Avenue is expected to begin in June 2015. SHoP Architects also designed Barclays Center and 461 Dean Street, which is currently under construction.
Greenland Forest City Partners has retained Thomas Balsley Associates, a New York City based landscape architecture firm, to design the new eight acre park. Like other great urban public spaces, the new park will serve as a centerpiece for the development as well as a destination for people from surrounding communities and throughout the city.