Ahead of its public review, Alloy Development this week released new details and renderings of its proposed mixed-use development at 80 Flatbush Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn. Developers amended the complex’s design, first released in April, following backlash from the community and more than 100 meetings with local stakeholders. While the taller tower will keep its original design with 74 stories, the 38-story building’s profile will be slimmed and feature a masonry facade to complement the neighboring Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower.
Located on a parcel of land between Flatbush Avenue, Schermerhorn Street, Third Avenue and State Street, the five-building project will use two existing structures and create three new ones. The plan will bring 900 apartments, with 700 market-rate and 200 affordable. Alloy also hopes to create a 15,000-square-foot cultural facility, 200,000 square feet of office space and 40,000 square feet of retail.
80 Flatbush will include two new public schools, designed by Architecture Research Office. One will replace and expand the Khalil Gibran International Academy with a state-of-the-art facility. A second elementary school will serve the surrounding community.
In a press release, Jared Della Valle, founder of Alloy, said: “We feel like we have a civic responsibility to leverage this transit-rich location in Downtown Brooklyn to address the housing crisis and provide essential infrastructure for the area.”
The project involves the historic preservation of two structures at 362 Schermerhorn, one built in the 1860s and the second in the 1890s. Although neither are protected by landmark status, Alloy plans to preserve and adaptively reuse both buildings, with one serving as the cultural center.
The project will be built in two phases, with the first, constructing the two schools and a 38-story triangular residential/office/retail building, to be completed by 2022. Construction 74-story residential tower, with office and retail, and the rehab of 362 Schermerhorn is expected to be completed by 2025.
The project, built without any public funding, will create roughly 3,000 jobs, with 1,500 permanent jobs. Alloy partnered with 32BJ SEIU to ensure fair wages and benefits.
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All renderings courtesy of Alloy Development
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