After nearly 13 years of planning, one of Brooklyn’s most interesting new towers is finally on the rise. Construction is now up to the third floor at Fort Greene’s 286 Ashland Place, better known as BAM South, where developer Two Trees and architect Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos are creating a mix of cultural programming, affordable housing, market rate apartments, and landscaped public outdoor space.

In 2008, Two Trees replaced a previous developer and plans for a seven-story building, as readers will recall. The 32-story mixed-use development will bring 384 apartments, 21,000-square-feet of retail, and 45,000 square feet of cultural space. Of the apartments, 77 will be affordable.

A branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will occupy a space at the podium. There will also be elevated public plazas, echoing elements of the previous design from 2002.


Excavation is well underway at the BAM South site on the corner of Flatbush and Lafayette Avenues, where Two Trees is building a 31-story apartment tower. The wedge-shaped lot at 286 Ashland Place will eventually house a 364-foot tall building with 384 apartments, 83 enclosed parking spots, ground floor commercial space and about 45,000 square feet of cultural and community space.

Ismael Levya Architects and Ten Arquitectos are designing the project, which will have 77 affordable units. A Brooklyn Public Library branch will take the community space, and there will be a large public courtyard along Lafayette and Flatbush Avenues. Signs on the construction fence predict the project will finish by August 2016. Click through to see the construction fence rendering by Ten Arquitectos.

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