Work has taken a big step forward at 9 DeKalb Avenue, the outer boroughs’ first supertall skyscraper and number seven on YIMBY’s countdown of the tallest projects underway in New York City. The construction crane has been assembled at the Downtown Brooklyn site and things are gearing up for the start of vertical progress in 2020. The 73-story, 1,066-foot-tall tower is designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS, the same duo behind 111 West 57th Street.
Photos show that the base of the crane is positioned close to the 160-year-old, landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn.
The steel rebar extending from the pilings can be spotted from above, while crews are forming portions of below-grade floor slabs. Aerial views of the plot really reveal the tight, irregular nature of the property, which has posed a challenge for workers since demolition and excavation. Things should speed up once the first several residential floors of 9 DeKalb Avenue begin to surpass the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, and the elongated hexagonal form of the main superstructure starts to take shape.
The development will contain 425 rental apartments and 150 condominiums. There will be an outdoor terrace and a rooftop pool for residents on the roof of the Dime Savings Bank and an entrance that connects to the preserved historic bank interior, and 120,000 square feet of retail space along Flatbush Avenue. The only part of the parcel that is left untouched by the development is the two-story structure on the southeastern corner where Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery is located.
Access to the B, Q, and R trains is located across the street to the north at the DeKalb Avenue station. The Nevins Street station, with access to the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains, is also nearby. Fulton Street is flanked by a number of shops, while City Point Brooklyn is across Fleet Street with over three dozen food vendors including a Trader Joe’s, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and a Target.
9 DeKalb Avenue is expected to be completed around 2022.