Earlier this year, Curbed posted renderings of a proposal to renovate and reposition Downtown Brooklyn’s parks and public spaces, dubbed the Brooklyn Strand. And this week, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams revealed parts of the project, which includes renovating the long-vacant, 27,600 square-foot Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Park Plaza. The plan also features a landscaped platform over the Brooklyn Bridge’s off-ramps to the park’s northern end. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Cadman Park Conservancy are involved, and WXY Architecture is designing.
YIMBY brought you a construction update two months ago on the 32-story, 384-unit mixed-use building going up at 286 Ashland Place, in Downtown Brooklyn, which stood just 12 stories tall at the time. Since then, the structure has doubled to 24 stories, courtesy of a YIMBY reader’s photo, and façade installation has also begun. As previously reported, the building will will include significant retail and community spaces, and 20% of the units will be set aside as affordable. Two Trees is developing, TEN Arquitectos is designing, and completion is expected in August of 2016.
Earlier this week, YIMBY revealed renderings for 340 Flatbush Avenue, which could become Brooklyn’s tallest tower. But the borough’s current tallest building, Ava DoBro (formerly Avalon Willoughby West), is inching toward completion a few blocks away at 100 Willoughby Street.
The city’s Economic Development Corporation has announced plans to develop Downtown Brooklyn’s first new office building since the neighborhood was rezoned in 2004. The new development at 420 Albee Square will bring 400,000 square feet of commercial space to a site across the street from City Point, between Willoughby and Fulton Streets.
Back in June of 2014, YIMBY reported on new building applications filed by JDS Development for a tower coming to 340 Flatbush Avenue Ext., on the southeastern edge of Downtown Brooklyn. Now, we have the first rendering and actual details for the SHoP-designed tower, which will rise 1,000 feet tall, claiming the title of New York City’s tallest building outside of Manhattan, and giving Brooklyn its first legitimate supertall skyscraper.
In July, Adam America Real Estate and Slate Property Group were in contract to acquire the development assemblage at 8-16 Nevins Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, and now the team has closed on the purchase, according to Crain’s. The developers paid $47.75 million for the site, and Vanke, a Chinese developer, is partnering to build a 33-story, 150-unit residential building. The tower will total 180,000 square feet, and retail space is also likely planned. Construction is expected to begin early next year, although multiple low-rise buildings must first be demolished.