Construction Update: Round One of the Downtown Brooklyn Boom Begins to Wrap Up

Brooklyn Skyline/TectonicBrooklyn Skyline/photo by Tectonic

The changes occurring in Downtown Brooklyn are among the largest in any neighborhood in New York City, and the latest photos by Tectonic show the first two CityPoint towers topping out, and the Avalon Willoughby Square reaching for its final floors. With both projects nearing completion, the focus of construction in the neighborhood will soon shift to the southeast for an even more impressive round two.

The CityPoint towers are the larger presence on the overall skyline, and their bulk is perhaps the most notable of any skyscrapers in Brooklyn. While the taller tower is shorter than the Avalon or even 388 Bridge, the project’s third phase may rival 340 Flatbush Avenue Ext. for the title of the borough’s tallest building.

Brooklyn Skyline/Tectonic

Brooklyn Skyline/photo by Tectonic

CityPoint’s impact on the skyline is already significant, but its contribution to Fulton Street’s revitalization will be even more important. The project’s first phase opened back in 2012, and the soon-to-be-complete addition will total approximately 600,000 square feet of extra retail, and 690 apartments.

When it comes to residential, The Avalon Willoughby is perhaps the best example of Downtown Brooklyn’s transformation in that regard, with the 57-story and 823-unit behemoth a testament to the density that New York needs to solve the affordability crisis (albeit on a much larger scale).

Brooklyn Skyline/Tectonic

33 Bond Street & the Brooklyn Skyline/photo by Tectonic

The completion of both the CityPoint and Avalon towers means that the focus of new construction in DoBro is about to make a very rapid jog to the southeast, with a new epicenter just west of Barclay’s Center. In the surrounding blocks, major residential projects are now coming out of the ground at 250 Ashland Place, 286 Ashland Place, 333 Schermerhorn Street, and 33 Bond Street, all of which will begin making an impact on the skyline over the next few months.

Completion of Avalon and Citypoint’s second phase is likely late this year or early next, while the subsequent batch of projects getting out the ground are on track for 2016/2017 delivery dates.

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