Windows Almost Finished at This 21-Story Condo Tower on a Busy Corner in Downtown Brooklyn

Photo by Craig Hubert


The windows are nearly all in at a 21-story tower hanging over a prominent corner near Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn.

Construction is ongoing at the site, which has an address of 1 Boerum Place. The building bends along the curve of the street, with setbacks every six floors on the side that faces Boerum Place. Green construction fencing wraps around the ground floor. The building topped out in May, according to City Realty.

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Just over a year ago, the building was at six stories.

Building permits show SLCE Architects is behind the design. Parking for 49 vehicles will be located underground, along with a residential storage room, a sauna and a pool. Retail will occupy the first and second floors.

Rendering by SLCE Architects

There will be 122 condo apartments in the building, four of which, according to building permits, will be duplexes. An exercise and yoga room will be on the third floor, along with a tenant’s lounge. Bicycle parking for 63 spaces will be on the fourth floor.

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Avery Hall Investments, Allegra Holdings and Aria Development Group are the developers (Andrew McCarthy of Avery Hall is listed as the owner on building permits). They purchased the property in 2016 for $76.5 million. Avery Hall has been behind a number of projects in Brooklyn, including a Morris Adjmi-designed residential building at 465 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill.

Before the building was demolished in 2018, it was home, most recently, to a Brooklyn Industries clothing store (facing Fulton), and HSBC Bank and the Brooklyn Law School (facing Boerum Place). Built in 1955, it was designed by the architecture firm DeYoung, Moscowitz & Rosenberg, which also designed buildings at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2013, it was featured by Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen as a Building of the Day.

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The site in 2007. Photo by Scott Binter for PropertyShark

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The site in July 2019. Photo by Susan De Vries

The project continues the rapid growth upward for Downtown Brooklyn. Three blocks away is 11 Hoyt, a 57-story tower designed by Studio Gang; two more blocks away is Brooklyn Point, at the corner of Flatbush Extension and Willoughby Street. Nearby, the future supertall attached to the Dime Savings Bank has reached 26 of its eventual 73 stories.

[Photos by Craig Hubert unless noted otherwise]

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