Architectural photographer Tectonic recently checked in on the progress at 80 Flatbush Avenue in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Demolition is underway to clear the site for the construction of a multi-structure development that will include one of the borough’s tallest skyscrapers. A large assembly of scaffolding and black netting shrouds what remains of the original brick structure that is being dismantled floor by floor. Last year the City Council approved the project, which had a reduction in size and scale and a redesign of the largest tower. Alloy Development is the developer of the complex, which is located on a triangular plot bound by Flatbush Avenue, State Street, Third Avenue, and a small sliver of Schermerhorn Street.
All the demolition is occurring on the southern end of the site with a two-, three-, and five-story building squeezed into the tight end of the parcel.
The development includes the preservation of two historic structures, a planned 350-seat elementary and high school by Khalil Gibran International Academy, and two ground-up skyscrapers. The tallest of these got a height cut from the proposed 986 feet to a range between 825 feet to 845 feet high. This also resulted in the scaling back of the floor area ratio from 18 to 15.75, and a total of 870 residential units instead of 900. The number of affordable homes for 80 Flatbush Avenue has fortunately remained the same at 200.
A start and completion date for the new 80 Flatbush Avenue complex has not been announced yet. Demolition and clean up of the narrow triangular site should likely wrap up before the end of the year.