9 DeKalb Avenue Rises Beyond Podium Level And Continues Upward In Downtown Brooklyn
9 DeKalb Avenue has made significant vertical progress since our May update, nearly doubling in height. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS, the 73-story supertall will reach 1,066 feet above Downtown Brooklyn and will eventually secure the title of tallest structure in the outer boroughs.
Recent photographs show the quick ascent of the reinforced concrete superstructure. Work is well above the lower podium section and moving ahead past the first setback toward the first residential levels. The formwork for the floor plates and columns show more of the angled configuration planned for the bottom portion of the supertall. The subsequent set of floors will eventually begin to taper and gently reduce in size as the edifice rises. Sidewalk scaffolding and tall green construction boards cover the ground floor and main entrance of the abutting Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn, a landmarked structure that will be refurbished and incorporated into the development. 9 DeKalb Avenue can now be spotted along Flatbush Avenue from as far away as Barclays Center.
The curtain wall will be composed of glass and bronze, giving it a dark appearance that contrasts visually with the warm façade of SHoP’s other supertall underway in New York, 111 West 57th Street. Like the Billionaires’ Row tower, 9 DeKalb Avenue will also be exceedingly slender, creating a juxtaposition with the high-rises of Downtown Brooklyn, most of which are quite bulky. The property will house 425 rental apartments and 150 condominiums with amenities including an outdoor terrace and a rooftop pool on top of the Dime Savings Bank. Directly below the dome, the former bank’s richly ornamental main hall will serve as part of the entrance to the planned 120,000 square feet of retail space. 9 DeKalb Avenue is anticipated to be finished around 2022.