With $50M redevelopment, MetroTech Center will become ‘Brooklyn Commons’

February 8, 2022

Rendering courtesy of Brookfield Properties

Brookfield Properties today announced the rebranding of the MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn to Brooklyn Commons. The $50 million redevelopment project aims to modernize the property through the renovation of several of the office buildings within the campus, upgrades to the central public park space, and a year-round arts and event program that will be free and open to the public.

In addition to the updated office buildings and upgraded outdoor space, the redevelopment project includes renovations to the 1, 2, and 15 MetroTech buildings. The buildings will receive new lobbies, outdoor terraces, and modern ground-floor retail.

Upgrades to the 3.6-acre Brooklyn Commons Park will be designed by James Corner Field Operations landscape architects and include enhanced outdoor seating, new lighting, new signage and wayfinding, redesigned landscaping, seasonal gardens, and plantings.

Arts Brookfield, Brookfield’s own renowned cultural and events program, will put together a calendar of free public events and activities. Activities include theater performances, outdoor movie nights, exercise classes, a children’s book fair, an ice-skating rink, holiday celebrations, food festivals, and live music.

Brookfield Properties is looking to modernize the 16-acre, 12-building property which was originally built in the 1980s as a self-contained office park for data-processing centers and back offices for financial institutions.

“Downtown Brooklyn has rapidly transformed into a thriving commercial and residential district, and we are proud to lead the charge in reimagining Brooklyn Commons as a vibrant hub for business, education, art, culture and community,” Callie Haines, Executive Vice President and Head of New York, Brookfield Properties, said. “Embracing and building upon the area’s momentous growth, we are repositioning Brooklyn Commons as an integrated, open campus for the 21st century.”

Brooklyn Commons is in close proximity to 13 subway lines and home to tenants across a variety of fields, including the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Slate Media, and JPMorgan Chase.


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