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Forest City Ratner has finished demolishing the hulking candy factory turned office space at 10 MetroTech Center on Fulton Street in Fort Greene. The developer plans apartments on the large site between Hudson Avenue, Rockwell Place and Dekalb, but no new building permits have been filed yet.

Demolition began last year for the seven-story building, which was built in 1963. At various points in its history, the IRS, Human Resources Administration and the DMV all had office space there. The property at 625 Fulton Street is 62,472 square feet, and a building as large as 624,720 square feet can be built on the lot, according to PropertyShark.

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A piece of facade and two stories of steel frame are all that remain of 10 MetroTech Center on Fulton Street, a former candy factory that Forest City Ranter converted to office space. Forest City plans to build apartments on the site between Hudson Avenue, Rockwell Place and Dekalb, but we don’t know much more than that. The seven-story, 359,000-square-foot structure was built in 1963, and the Internal Revenue Service, the city’s Human Resources Administration and the DMV all occupied the building at one time.

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Tons of fun, free concerts, film screenings and performances are returning to Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons next month as part of the Summer @ MetroTech series. The BAM R&B Festival will bring talented blues, jazz and folk artists to the bustling office corridor every Thursday afternoon starting June 5, and both Sundance and Rooftop Films will screen free outdoor movies during June and July. Other highlights include the City Parks Putting Challenge on June 3 and live food, music and a petanque tournament to celebrate Bastille Day in July. And in September, opera, dance and spoken word performers participating in the BEAT Festival will liven up the commons with lunchtime performances. You can follow the full schedule of events with this PDF and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s event calendar.

Image via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Demolition is well under way at Forest City Ratner’s 10 Metrotech Center, where the Dekalb side of the building has been reduced to rubble. The 359,000-square-foot building will be replaced by apartments, but no new building permits have been filed. Forest City Ratner has owned 1960s-era property at 625 Fulton Street, a former candy factory, since 1989. Check out more photos after the jump.

MetroTech Office Space to Make Way for Apartments [Brownstoner]
Demo Starts for 10 MetroTech [Brownstoner]

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Get into the Christmas spirit next Monday with the 24th annual Christmas tree lighting at MetroTech Commons. Visitors can expect Santa, Christmas carols, spoken word poetry and an appearance from Brooklyn Nets player Shaun Livingston. The Brooklyn Tech High School Chorus will sing carols, attendees can take pictures in a holiday-themed photo booth and Tony Award-winning poet and playwright Lemon Andersen will perform.

And everyone willing to brave the cold can fortify themselves with hot chocolate and cookies from Luciano’s and Starbucks coffee. Forest City Ratner is hosting the event, which will happen in front of 2 MetroTech Center next Monday, December 2 at 5:30 pm.

Photo via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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Brooklyn Friends School, an independent private school in downtown Brooklyn, signed a lease today for 45,000 square feet at MetroTech at 116 Lawrence Street, soon to become its new Upper School building. Forest City Ratner manages the 23-story high rise, which faces the courtyard of MetroTech buildings as well as Lawrence and Jay Streets. The new Upper School is just two blocks from Brooklyn Friends’ current campus at 375 Pearl Street and will double the size of the school.

The school facilities are being designed by FXFOWLE Architects and will house four science labs, three art studios, a black box theater, dance and music studios, and more than 1,000 square feet of physical fitness space. Until now, Brooklyn Friends’ high school students have traveled to other buildings so they could use art and science labs, and the new space will allow them to take all their classes in one building. About 770 students from pre-K through high school attend Brooklyn Friends, which recently renovated 8,000 square feet of space at 375 Pearl to accommodate its growing enrollment.

The Quaker school will be one of many large tenants at the MetroTech complex, including MakerBot Industries, NYU Polytechnic Institute, El Diario newspaper and the New York City Fire Department. GMAP

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Forest City Ratner’s office building at 10 MetroTech Center, between Hudson Avenue and Rockwell Place, is slated for a teardown this September, according to The New York Observer. A residential building — no word on its size or look — will go up in its place. FCR has owned the 359,000-square-foot building, a former candy factory, since 1989. According to the Observer, the building’s $40 million non-recourse mortgage “technically remains in default,” but FCR isn’t in danger of losing the building. The property at 625 Fulton Street shares a lot with 80 Dekalb, the 34-story residential tower situated on the north side of the parcel.
Forest City, Avoiding Default, Will Demo for Residential [NY Observer]
Photo via PropertyShark

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This afternoon at MetroTech Plaza, faculty, students, and firms from NYU-Poly and its business incubators will demonstrate their research in 40 interactive, family-friendly exhibits. Visitors can check out various kinds of robots, apps, fiber-optic sensors, energy-harvesting building materials, wireless monitors for epileptic seizures, what’s in the Gowanus Canal and augmented reality. The engineering school is based at MetroTech, and its first annual Research Expo is free and will be open from 1 to 5 pm today.
Photo via NYU Poly