Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Citypoint Tower: 65 Stories on Flatbush

The Citypoint website for the project that is going up on the site of the Albee Square Mall doesn't go out of its way to highlight the height of the tower that will rise with the huge development planned for the site. (Brownstoner first drew attention to the site on Monday.) In fact, most renderings of the project has downplayed the tall building. A small rendering appears on the project's website and a somewhat larger one has popped up on the Greenberg Farrow website. The building is planned at 65 stories, far taller than the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building, which is Brooklyn's tallest structure. Here's what the architect's website has to say about the development:
City Point will enliven an already bustling office and retail district in the heart of Brooklyn. Next to the Metrotech office complex and along two major thoroughfares in central Brooklyn, this 1.9 million square foot development features over 500,000 square feet of retail, approximately 280 hotel rooms and 800 residential units along with 250,000 square feet of offices. This signature tower will rise to over 65 stories, rising above the Brooklyn skyline.
Is 65 stories too tall for Flatbush Avenue? Will there be any questions raised about the size of the Citypoint tower? Stay tuned.



Blogger Gary said...

Brooklyn's answer to the Freedom Tower?

I read the brownstoner post, and didn't notice the height. Good catch Bob.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sick of hearing complaints about how building xyz is going to be taller than the Williamsburg Savings Banks tower. Here's a chance to get a beautiful skyline with varied heights and slender buildings, but if it were up to the NIMBY crowd we'd get a whole bunch of buildings who are just shy of 514 feet - a plateau of short, stubby buildings. Ugh! They've already ruined Miss Brooklyn for us, don't let them get this one, too!

10:12 AM  
Blogger epc said...

I was traveling along that section of Flatbush last night and what struck me was how little commercial space exists at street level, it's just a wall of brick and mortar with occasional entrances to Metrotech buildings.

I don't have a problem with height, but with the lack of any character, style, flair to these buildings. They could be dumped in any city and look just as "fitting" as they do (or don't) in Brooklyn.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to today's Times, the housing market in NYC is stagnant. What will happen to these huge buildings if they're built, but empty, worse half built and empty?

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me the problem's not height, per se, and it's not a matter of NIMBY-ism. The problem with Downtown Brooklyn is that within five years it will be a Rich People Only, zone and have only a tiny smattering of non-white faces. That's boring and ugly.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh My God, anonymous, you must not be from Brooklyn. Wise up, you are not in Century City anymore. Don't you get it? Why Brooklyn is beautiful? The history, the rowhouse. Save the sky, jerky boy or move back to Dayton.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, who will be moving into 800 rental units? Whooooooooooooo?

10:04 AM  

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