Joint Atlantic Yards development inches forward
By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The logo-inscribed roof of Barclays Center in Brooklyn will soon be covered in green.
Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. said on Tuesday that they will install a “green roof,” planted with hardy sedum, a type of succulent, on top of the Prospect Heights arena.
The roof will complement the sloping transit entrance, also planted with sedum, a plant frequently used in green-style plantings due to its insulating and drought-resistant qualities.
MaryAnne Gilmartin, FCRC President and CEO, explained that in addition to providing a more appealing roof for people visiting the arena, the living roof would enhance the space for those who will one day be living in the residential buildings surrounding Barclays Center.
“Our original design for the arena had anticipated a green roof as part of our effort to achieve Silver LEED certification,” she said in a statement. “While we independently reached that goal, we always hoped to still create a green roof, further improving the environmental footprint of the arena and also making a more direct connection to the sedum covered transit entrance on the plaza.”
In December, FCRC and Greenland inked an agreement for a joint venture to develop as residential and commercial the 22-acres of Atlantic Yards. The agreement would cover phase one and phase two of the project – excluding Barclays Center and the first housing tower, B2 – including infrastructure, a permanent MTA rail yard, a platform above the rail yard and future residential units.
The closing of the agreement, however, is subject to regulatory approval from entities like the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and the government of China.
B2, the first residential building, is currently under construction.