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Old Posted Jul 14, 2009, 10:39 PM
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Downtown Brooklyn’s Newest ‘Tallest’ To Rise at Willoughby and Bridge streets
58-Story Avalon Willoughby West Will Have 860 Rental Units, Retail Space and Parking



This rendering is not the final design but an earlier version of the new Avalon Willoughby West
at 388 Bridge St. in Downtown Brooklyn.



by Linda Collins
07-13-2009


DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The battle of the “tallest” buildings in Downtown Brooklyn continues with the filing last week for a 58-story residential tower on Willoughby Street between Bridge and Duffield streets.

AvalonBay Communities, already building a major complex nearby at Myrtle Avenue, Gold Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension called Avalon Fort Greene, filed the permit application with the Department of Buildings for what may be called Avalon Willoughby West, according to Stephanie Cuba, project manager for AvalonBay.

The filing comes on the tail of a story in the Eagle in June about the topping out of the 51-story tower by The Clarett Group at 111 Lawrence St. Known as “The Brooklyner,” it will be two feet taller than the iconic — and previously tallest — 512-foot Williamsburgh Savings Bank building, a residential conversion now known as One Hanson Place.

“We are big believers in Downtown Brooklyn. We think it’s a great community,” said Cuba. Noting that the area has been an untapped market Cuba said she is well aware of the four hotels in various stages of development around the corner on Duffield St.

“We see a big demand for apartments,” she said.

Cuba said she is not sure of a starting date — it depends on the Department of Buildings (DOB) — but demolition of the existing buildings and construction on the new building should begin within a year, with completion estimated to take two years.

The 58-story tower will contain 860 rental units plus street level retail, according to Cuba. Further details are not known at this time and the final design — by SLCE Architects of Manhattan — is not completed.

The Department of Buildings application notes that the new tower will be 596 feet tall, 869,066 square feet and will have parking for 345 cars. It also notes that 11 original tax lots will be merged to create the development.

Although unconfirmed by AvalonBay, PropertyShark.com documents show the properties were acquired for close to $27. 5 million.

As previously reported, the Avalon Fort Greene project at Myrtle and Gold is 393 feet tall with 627 apartments, street level retail, a large outdoor plaza and underground parking. The design is by Perkins Eastman Architects.
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Brooklyn's New Tallest Building Already Facing Competition



The new 51-story rental tower The Brooklyner boasts that it's Brooklyn's tallest building—edging out the iconic One Hanson Place clock tower by a mere two feet—but its hold on the title may, irony alert, be short. The Brooklyn Eagle reports that megadeveloper AvalonBay has filed bulding plans for a 58-story residential tower on Willoughby Street between Bridge and Duffield Streets, across the street from BellTel Lofts.

At 596 feet tall, Avalon Willoughby West (tentative title) would beat out The Brooklyner by 82 feet. Slated for 860 rental units, the tower could get started within a year, once demolition of the existing buildings on the site—it took the combination of 11 lots to assemble this thing—wraps up. The long-rumored Avalon project has been through many designs, and the latest is one from SLCE Architects, though the Eagle reports it's not final. Things are lookin' up in Downtown Brooklyn.
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Brooklyn is adding a lot of towers. I'd love to see the new design for this one, and an aerial with at least its site marked (having only been to DT Brooklyn for a couple of hours total in my life ).
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Brooklyn is adding a lot of towers. I'd love to see the new design for this one, and an aerial with at least its site marked (having only been to DT Brooklyn for a couple of hours total in my life ).
I'm just glad it's something taller than the new tallest in Brooklyn. This tower will probably top 600 ft, but I won't be happy until Brooklyn has at least one 700 footer. We can go up from there.
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Keep them coming. I'm just waiting to see Trump wanting to build 'Brookyln's Tallest'. Maybe he'll have better luck because after all that's where he started out.
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Keep them coming. I'm just waiting to see Trump wanting to build 'Brookyln's Tallest'. Maybe he'll have better luck because after all that's where he started out.
shouldn't be that hard for trump to build a building >200m. maybe a new TWT in white
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http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories...28_towers.html

Edifice complex as two towers compete to be the boro’s biggest

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By Ben Muessig
July 16, 2009


Is this Downtown Brooklyn or Downtown Dubai?!?

With news that a proposed 57-story skyscraper will rise even higher than the recently topped off, current tallest building in Brooklyn, the Clarett Group’s 51-story “Brooklyner” on Lawrence Street in Downtown, locals can hardly tell anymore.

Builders of the new 596-foot high-rise, which will include 861 rental apartments, claim they were not intending to start a skyscraper race in Downtown, where the 514-foot Clarett tower is just 24 inches taller than the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, which had held the title as the borough’s tallest since 1929.

“At that site, the height was necessary based on the amount of density and the relatively small footprint that we had,” said Fred Harris, a senior vice president of development for AvalonBay Communities, the developer of the so-called “Avalon Willoughby West.”

If it is ever built, it would top the “Brooklyner” — whose epic size inspired at least one Kings County resident to call it “Kilimanjaro” — by 82 feet.

Despite the ailing real estate market, Harris told The Brooklyn Paper that he is confident there will be demand for the skyscraping rental project designed by SLCE Architects, details of which were first reported this week by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

“Brooklyn had a condo wave, and we know what’s happened to all the condos at the moment,” he said. “But Brooklyn hasn’t had a significant number of new rentals in a long time. I’m feeling good [about this project].”

To make room for the skyscraper — which will boast ground floor retail space and a parking garage for 345 vehicles — AvalonBay is in the process of acquiring low-rise properties on Willoughby between Bridge and Duffield streets from Al Laboz’s United American Land. The buildings currently feature a temporary art installation in their windows (see sidebar).

The skyscraper is planned to rise just blocks from the company’s 42-story Myrtle Avenue Fort Greene skyscraper, the Avalon Fort Greene, which the developers will use as a guinea pig to determine the cost to rent an apartment in the tallest building in the borough.

“We’ll study the first one,” said Harris, who noted that construction on the Downtown development could begin next year. “We’ll go to school on it. If we find that certain floor plan features, or certain amenities are really key in this sub market, we’ll move forward with them.”

Skyscraper experts say that Brooklyn really is in the midst of a battle for the tallest — though it is hardly a skirmish compared to the war between 40 Wall Street, the Chrysler Building, and the Empire State Building that raged in Manhattan 80 years ago.

“It’s comparable, but to a lesser scale,” said John Tauranac, author “The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark.”

“It’s not for the world’s tallest record, but there is advantage of doing the biggest, the fattest, or the smallest,” he said. “It gets into the newspapers.”


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..., claim they were not intending to start a skyscraper race in Downtown, ...
a skyscraper race in brooklyn would be great but in these times only a dream. and i'm with nyguy, a 700 footer would be the right start for a new skycraper area in downtown brooklyn.
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Brooklyn's Next Tallest Tower Back on Track



Tuesday, September 14, 2010, by Joey

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Fresh off The Brooklyner snatching the title of the borough's tallest building away from the iconic Williamsburgh Bank Building, megadeveloper AvalonBay made it clear that the new champ shouldn't get too comfortable. Early plans were unveiled for a 58-story, 860-unit rental tower to be located at Willoughby and Bridge Streets in Downtown Brooklyn that would top The Brooklyner, but those plans were largely forgotten as construction across the city ground to a halt. Well, it's time to pull those dusty memories out from the file cabinet at the back of our brain.

Now it appears that the tower, which was being referred to as Avalon Willoughby West or Avalon Willoughby Square, is quietly taking shape. PropertyShark blogs that AvalonBay just acquired the building at 92 Willoughby Street, its seventh parcel in the area as it tries to assemble the pieces necessary to build the giant. You know, kinda like Voltron. That brings AvalonBay's total tab to $74.8 million, and according to the company's SEC filings, $111 million is earmarked for land-grabbing by 2011.

Check out the latest renderings (though the tower is still described as being in design development) from SLCE Architects in the gallery above, and here's PropertyShark's map of what AvalonBay's snatched up so far. Looks there are a few more dominos left to fall:







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The earlier rendering showed the building was located on the west side of Bridge Street, at 388 Bridge.

Now the new rendering shows the building on the east side of Bridge Street. I guess that's why the earlier rendering was refered to as not being the final design. But the earlier design is visible in the new rendering, as the plain white tower. What's up?

Does anyone know what's happening on the west side of Bridge Street? This lot - http://www.google.com/maps?q=216+duf...01739&t=h&z=20
     
     
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yay! go Brooklyn! were getting closer to that 700 footer ive been waiting years for!
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Much better than that other POS.
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The earlier rendering showed the building was located on the west side of Bridge Street, at 388 Bridge.

Now the new rendering shows the building on the east side of Bridge Street. I guess that's why the earlier rendering was refered to as not being the final design. But the earlier design is visible in the new rendering, as the plain white tower. What's up?

Does anyone know what's happening on the west side of Bridge Street? This lot - http://www.google.com/maps?q=216+duf...01739&t=h&z=20

that lot is the location for this project.. 388 bridge st. i dunno what's messed up but its confusing.

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A much better improvement over the Brooklyner and more deserving of Brooklyn's tallest title. Don't think we'll have to wait long though before a taller tower comes to life.
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Okay, so the project NYGuy posted above, which is on the east side of Bridge St., is a new and completely different project from 388 Bridge?

     
     
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Okay, figured it out!

The tower on the west side of Bridge St. is Avalon Willoughby West, and the tower on the east side is Avalon Willoughby Square.

Here they are on the architect's website:
- http://www.slcearch.com/current-proj...oughby-square/
- http://www.slcearch.com/current-proj...bridge-street/
     
     
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Yeah, that area is booming with new residential developments, even though the city would prefer there was more commercial development there. It's too bad though that Citypoint was downsized. That one was also planned as a new tallest for Brooklyn.
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Okay, figured it out!

The tower on the west side of Bridge St. is Avalon Willoughby West, and the tower on the east side is Avalon Willoughby Square.

Here they are on the architect's website:
- http://www.slcearch.com/current-proj...oughby-square/
- http://www.slcearch.com/current-proj...bridge-street/
so which is taller?
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Nice tower! Having lived in an Avalon property before, they are way over priced for what you get.
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Nice tower. I am very enthusiastic about high rise construction in Brooklyn and hope they don't stop with this one but keep it in Downtown.
     
     
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