Construction Update: 66 Rockwell Place

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Construction is nearly complete at 66 Rockwell Place, which was one of the first new towers to rise in Downtown Brooklyn following the end of the recession. Permits indicate the developer is the Dermot Company, and the architect is Ismael Leyva; the end result is an angular and shimmering addition to the skyline, and the skyscraper stands 44 stories tall.

With a total of 327 units, 66 Rockwell will add to the now-booming neighborhood’s rental market; 388 Bridge is also opening, and several other major residential towers will soon rise nearby. The development enjoys proximity to Barclay’s Center, though it’s far enough away to avoid most of the major crowds – the Fulton Mall is also close, and retail options are increasingly abundant.

The building’s form is relatively simple, with basic massing. Many of the newer towers in Downtown Brooklyn tend towards post-modernist designs, so the glass is neither overwhelming nor repetitive; despite the amount of new development, the aesthetics of the DoBro skyline are a far cry from the monotonous uniformity of Toronto or Vancouver. While 66 Rockwell enjoys semi-prominence, it will be short-lived, and the high-rise will soon be visually dominated by significantly taller skyscrapers at 598 Fulton and 333 Schermerhorn Streets.

Opening is expected this year.

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