Work finally resumes at Brooklyn’s first 1,000+ foot tower

November 6, 2018

Rendering via SHoP Architects

Since the plan to bring the first supertall tower to Brooklyn was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in the spring of 2016, few updates have been announced about the project. While construction kicked off last year, work on 9 DeKalb Avenue was stalled for months. But YIMBY reported on Tuesday that construction of the Downtown Brooklyn tower appears to have made some progress, with its foundation now visible and workers on site. The planned 1,066-foot-tower is being developed by JDS Development, with SHoP Architects handling its design.

At the site, located along Flatbush Avenue, YIMBY reported finding this week pilings and two excavators. As of February, workers were still digging its deep foundation. But after Chetrit Group left the development partnership in August, with JDS taking full ownership, construction was put on hold, the Real Deal reported.

9 DeKalb Avenue sits behind the landmarked Dime Savings Bank, which will be rehabilitated into public and retail space to complement the new tower. The interior and exterior spaces of the Beaux-Arts bank, which was finished in 1908, will also be restored.

The facade of the building is intended to mirror the fluted columns of the bank and will feature ribbons of bronze, black granite, and stainless steel. According to JDS: “With its interlocking hexagonal design and rich materiality of bronze and glass, the tower repeats features and patterns of the historic site into a cinematic expression of the rich past and future of Brooklyn.”

The supertall will reach 73 stories and contain 500 residential units, with retail space on the ground floor. Amenities include many balconies and terraces, a bike room, fitness center, storage, and resident lounge.

Construction is expected to wrap up sometime in 2020.



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