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NYC tower to be tallest modular building in US

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ground will be broken next month on a 32-story Brooklyn apartment tower that will be the tallest prefabricated building in the United States.

The high-rise will be the first of 15 modular buildings planned for developer Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards site.

Modular construction is in use in various forms around the world but it is rarely used for high-rise development.

Forest City Ratner executive vice president MaryAnne Gilmartin said the cost savings would allow the company to keep its commitment to union labor and deliver a significant amount of affordable housing.

The modules will be built in a factory at the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The architect is SHoP Architects, the firm that designed the Barclays Center arena that anchors the Atlantic Yards development.