Revealed: 86 Fleet Place, 32-Story Downtown Brooklyn Tower by Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group

86 Fleet Place, rendering from the Red Apple Group86 Fleet Place, rendering from the Red Apple Group

Last month, we brought you news that permits had been filed for 86 Fleet Place, a 32-story tower in downtown Brooklyn. Now, the developer – the Red Apple Group, led by Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis – has shared renderings of the project with YIMBY.

The building will contain 440 apartments (not the 192 that we reported earlier and which is for some reason listed on the new building permit filing), divided between about 385,000 square feet of net residential floor space, plus another 10,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

86 Fleet Place, rendering from the Red Apple Group

86 Fleet Place, rendering from the Red Apple Group

86 Fleet Place will sit just one short block east of Flatbush, past the Toren condo tower, filling a small block bounded by Myrtle Avenue, Fleet Place, Fair Street and Prince Street. It’s the last piece of a four-building development scheme for the south side of Myrtle, master planned by Dattner Architects. The Red Apple Group is also responsible for the three shorter buildings to the east, which were designed by Dattner. The 86 Fleet Place commission, however, was given to Goldstein, Hill & West.

The project will be a welcome step towards revitalizing this corner of Fort Greene (now arguably downtown Brooklyn), which was ravaged by post-war urban renewal projects that eviscerated the prewar urban fabric to the north and west of Fort Greene Park. Afterwards, urban decline took an additional toll.

“I bought the properties when you had to come here with two guns,” Catsimatidis said at the groundbreaking of one of the earlier buildings, “just in case one of the guns runs out of bullets.”

At 346 feet tall, 86 Fleet Place will be shorter than the 399-foot Toren, but will still leave its mark on downtown Brooklyn’s emerging skyline. And most importantly, it will continue to help the surrounding neighborhood recover from the traumatic post-war period, injecting new pedestrian life, and putting eyes back on the street.

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