New permits have been filed for a 9-story and 350,000 square foot educational building at 90 Tillary Street, in Downtown Brooklyn. The structure will be adjacent to George Westinghouse Career & Technical Education High School.
Though the buildings may be next to one another, permits indicate that 90 Tillary will actually be a part of City Tech, and indeed, CUNY is listed as the ‘developer’ on the documents. Perkins Eastman is the architect, and renderings of the project – via The New York Daily News – show a relatively short structure that will stay below the skyline.
In terms of pedestrian-friendliness, 90 Tillary will excel; the building will be flush with the street, and enhance the neighborhood with the presence of additional students. Fostering the growth of education facilities will be a crucial component in shaping Downtown Brooklyn as a 24-hour neighborhood, and CUNY’s latest expansion is another step in the right direction.
The area is seeing the beginnings of an education boom, with CUNY leading the way; NYU also has a proposal that will add a significant academic space, and the neighborhood is becoming increasingly student-friendly, especially with the emergence of BAM as a cultural and institutional stronghold.
The new building will stand nearly 150 feet tall, so classrooms will have ample floor to ceiling heights. The existing ‘Klitgord Center’ needs to be demolished before construction can begin, and work should be completed by 2017.
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