Apartment Tower Tops Out Above Athletic Field on LIU Campus in Fort Greene

Photo by Craig Hubert

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A tower that will hover above a new athletic field at Long Island University in Fort Greene has topped out.

Using the address of 196 Willoughby Street, the mixed-use building, now called The Willoughby, has reached its maximum height of 34 stories. The glass facade at the front of the building that faces Ashland Place is starting to climb and has reached just past the halfway point at 18 stories. There will be a combination of affordable and market-rate units, according to RXR Realty, the developer behind the project.

Perkins Eastman, a huge global firm noted for institutional and commercial buildings such as schools and hotels, is the architect of record on the permit application.

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The tower will have 476 apartments, exercise space, a recreation room for children and a yoga studio, according to building permits. It looks over the playing field, sitting on concrete columns at the western end of the property, in front of Conolly Residence Hall.

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In exchange for the building, made possible through the sale of air rights, the college is getting a new athletic facility and training fields at the corner of Ashland Place just west of Fort Greene Park. The former athletic field, which was at ground level, has moved to the top of a one-story building, already completed, with an address of 145 Ashland Place. (From street level, the field will be above people’s heads.) Offices will be on the ground floor of said building, with parking on both the ground floor and in the cellar.

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The rendering posted on the construction fence

According to building permits, there will be a total of 564 parking spaces here, with 425 located in the cellar and 139 on the first floor. The breakdown of spaces is specific — 333 of the 425 spaces in the cellar are designated for the residential tower, while the remaining 33 spots in the cellar, along with the 139 spots on the first floor, are for the university.

It joins a number of projects on the border of Downtown Brooklyn and Fort Greene that have grown quickly during the pandemic, including the future supertall at 9 Dekalb Avenue.

[Photos by Craig Hubert]

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