Modular home builder in Brooklyn hard-pressed to find new home

Location is main edge because transportation is costly in this business

Published Thu, Aug 14, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[NEW YORK] Across from the Barclays Center sit hundreds of apartments built at a factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

They are not part of the Atlantic Yards development, where Bruce Ratner is assembling a 32-storey tower, which will be the tallest factory-made building in the world.

Instead, the apartments are inside 32 red brick, three-storey rowhouses and were built by a company called Capsys. Each home uses three modules, one per storey.

The homes look a century old but opened in 2002, a decade before Mr Ratner decided to try to build the first of his Atlantic Yards towers through modular construction.

"When we started, no one was paying attention to this stuff, but now we have to turn away work," Nicholas Lembo, Capsys' founder, said during a tour of his factory inside an old naval foundry, across the Nav…

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