DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – New renderings have been released for the mega-development project at 80 Flatbush, with updated designs based on community feedback [CHECK], according to Alloy Development.
The project, which was first revealed last April, consists of 5 buildings: incorporating two buildings from the late 1800s and building three new ones. Most notably, that means two office and residential towers topping out at 38 and 74 stories, respectively.
Almost 900 hundred new apartments will be created in the project, with 200 of those available as affordable housing. There will also be 15,000 square feet of cultural space and 40,000 square feet dedicated to ground floor commercial and retail ventures.
Two new schools will also be part of the multi-year development project—and they’ll be built without the help of city funding. One of the new schools planned for 80 Flatbush will replace Khalil Gibran International Academy High School, currently located in an outdated building at 362 Schermerhorn Street. The new school will increase Khalil Gibran’s capacity from 275 to 350 students and add a gymnasium, cafeteria, and library to the new facility. The second school planned for the site will be a new 350-seat elementary school.
Compare the old and new plans for the project below:
There has been community concern that the 900 new residences in the project will create a school seat deficit, but developers aren’t convinced. “Early analysis shows that our project will not add to the school seat deficit,” an Alloy spokesperson told BKLYNER, “but will in fact have a net positive benefit of 164 seats on District 15’s elementary school seat demand compared to the as-of-right project.”
Check out some new street-level renderings of the mega-project below:
A major aspect of the redesign will affect the 38-story tower, reported YIMBY, making the building echo the nearby Williamsburgh Savings Bank with a narrower profile and a series of setbacks. Part of Phase One of the project, along with the two schools, the building is expected to be completed in 2022.
Phase Two consists of the 986 foot tall, 74-story skyscraper and renovations to the two older buildings, and will be completed in 2025. Construction will start next year.