Downtown BK Skyline Reaches For New Heights

The long-stalled Downtown City Point Towers retail and residential complex in Downtown Brooklyn is aiming for the clouds. The Brooklyn Paper got an exclusive look this week at new mock-ups presented to Community Board 2, showing two potential horizon-altering skyscrapers at the site of the former Albee Square Mall, on the Flatbush Avenue Extension between Willoughby Street and DeKalb Avenue.

One of the two towers could reach 65 stories or more, with a targeted completion of 2015, while the second would be wrapped in 2016, said Paul Travis of developer Washington Square Partners. That would make it Brooklyn’s tallest building, period. The project’s first building at Albee Square, City Point Mall, is slated to open this June with 50,000 square feet of retail, although no anchor tenant for the building has been announced.

Architect GreenbergFarrow, told The Brooklyn Paper that the 1.9 million square foot development on a 2.75 acre site would feature 500,000+ square feet of retail, around 280 hotel rooms and 800 residential units, and 250,000 square feet of office space.

The proposed 65-story tower would trump the 58-story Avalon Bay residential tower on Willoughby Street (between Bridge and Duffield streets), which is aiming to rise to 56 stories; while that building excels over the new Brooklyner 51-story rental tower. All three edge out the iconic Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower at One Hanson Place: Brooklyner is a mere 2 feet taller.

The Downtown City Point Towers mixed-used plan has a long way to go before Brooklyn Heights residents might see it peaking over the horizon: It needs approval of the city before it can even begin to move forward.
Above, the proposed Downtown City Point Towers; Below, City Point Mall. (Photos: The Brooklyn Paper)

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  • lori

    One questions: who is going to live in all these new buildings? There’s another new one planned by Doug Steiner for the huge lot at Schermerhorn between Nevins and Third.

  • Nabeguy

    What a perfect location! The new tenants will only have to walk a few feet from their new home to buy wigs and gold chains.

  • skunky

    Nabeguy, I’m thinking the Fulton Mall area is gonna be a bit different ten years from now. Between BellTel, Oro, Toren, Forte, the Brooklyner, and the new Avalon Bay tower, there’s gotta be tens of thousands of new residents in the vicinity. What keeps the wigs and chains in place (or in the immortal words of Chris Rock, sneakers and baby clothes), is that these retail stores pay some huge rents. Business must be really good.

    Things are changing though. Brooklyn Fare, Shake Shack, Gap, H&M… not high end stuff but higher-quality perhaps. Junior’s is still awesome too.

  • skunky

    who wouldn’t want to live close to Manhattan with tons of transportation options? Think of them as potential future brownstone buyers.