Major progress has been made for Brooklyn’s first supertall over the past several weeks. Excavation has continued apace, and more materials have also been delivered to 9 DeKalb Avenue as the year wraps up. The tower is the 6th-tallest building under construction in YIMBY’s end-of-year countdown, and will dramatically change the skyline of Brooklyn in the coming years. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS Development and the Chetrit Group, the 1,066-foot-tall residential and mixed-use project will house approximately 500 housing units atop its rejuvenation of an historic retail podium.
Photos of the site show continuous excavation and site prep, with hollow steel caissons that have been inserted into the ground over the past several months. Rebar cages are stacked along the side of the property next to the construction fence, and will soon be lifted and placed into the ground for future concrete pours.
Once the foundations are finished sometime in the first half of 2019, work on the superstructure should quickly commence. The tower will be built with reinforced concrete and will feature multiple setbacks on all sides. These will become the outdoor terraces for the future residents, spread through the height of the building, offering multiple different views of the city. The dark-colored bronze and glass facade panels will follow shortly thereafter, enclosing the building in a sleek exterior finish.
Seen from afar, the skyline of Brooklyn will drastically change, and its focus will quickly shift towards the new supertall and its unchallenged height. 9 DeKalb Avenue will become a huge focal point for miles around, visible from the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Center, the New Jersey Turnpike by Jersey City, and traveling down the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, over the new Kosciuszko Bridge. Looking from a cruise ship, the Staten Island Ferry or the crown of the Statue of Liberty, one will eventually see three mountain peaks of tall skyscrapers from Jersey City, Downtown and Midtown Manhattan, and Brooklyn, separated by the Hudson and East Rivers.
Completion of 9 DeKalb Avenue is expected sometime around 2021.