Brooklyn Supertall Gets Important Backer Ahead of LPC Hearing
Brooklyn Community Board Two’s land use committee has thrown its support behind the planned supertall in Downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports. The committee is also in favor of modifying the existing, landmarked Dime Savings Bank building to construct the project according to the developers’ plans.
JDS Development Group and Chetrit Group intend to connect the 73-story tower to a portion of the bank, and use the bank space as retail. Part of the modification will involve demolishing two annexes of the building, according to the Eagle.
The developers also intend to remove some of the bank tellers’ counters from the main hall.
CB2’s land use committee was in favor of this plan, and did not raise any objections regarding the height of the building either, which is currently planned at 1,066 feet.
The Bank building however is landmarked, and the SHoP-designed project will have to get approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) before this current plan moves forward. But support from CB2 is likely to bolster the developer’s case in front of the LPC during it’s hearing on March 15.On Wednesday we also learned that the project would likely bring 500 rentals to Downtown Brooklyn, 20 percent of which will be affordable. The Eagle is pegging a lower number of 417 rentals.
By Tanay Warerkar, Curbed NY
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