Both are part of Pacific Park, originally known as Atlantic Yards, the biggest and most controversial development project in Brooklyn in decades.
It's been a long time coming, but 303 nicer-looking-than-average affordable units at 38 6th Avenue in Prospect Heights will be up for grabs starting Friday.
Windows are going in at Greenland Forest City Partners’ 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, the first condo tower to break ground in the massive 17-building Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards mega-project in Prospect Heights.
Greenland Forest City — the developer partnership behind the Pacific Park mega-development — now wants to build one of the borough’s largest buildings across the street from the Barclays Center, according to Crain’s.
Pacific Park’s behemoth office tower could employ thousands of Brooklyn workers and be as big as 1.5 million square feet, but only if the developer can transfer air rights from the nearby Barclays Center plaza, a triangle of land jutting out into one of Brooklyn’s busiest intersections.
As Forest City Ratner battles builder Skanska in court over the stalled B2 tower and Greenland Forest City Partners moves ahead with the rest of the development, New York YIMBY has snagged a rendering of a new piece of Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park: a 17-story condo development planned for the large vacant lot on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt. CookFox is designing the 275-unit tower, which will have an address of 550 Vanderbilt Avenue.
New building applications were filed last month for the tower, which will include 326,047 square feet of residential space and 4,731 square feet of ground floor retail, as reported. The exterior will be a mix of masonry and precast concrete, which will provide “a gradual aesthetic transition” between the historic townhouses in the area and “the more modernist SHoP towers of the western end of the site,” according to YIMBY.
To recap the project’s timetable: the SHoP-designed modular tower at 461 Dean Street (formerly B2) has started construction but is stalled, 30 6th Avenue next door is supposed to break ground in the middle of next year, and the affordable tower at 535 Carlton and 550 Vanderbilt are both scheduled to break ground by the end of this year. Condo sales are supposed to start mid-2015, according to YIMBY.
Click through to see a close-up of the entrance of 550 Vanderbilt. What do you think of the design of the building, which will fill a prominent hole at the corner of Vanderbilt and Dean Streets?
Renderings by CookFox via NYY