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1,066-Foot-Tall Skyscraper Could Rise in Downtown Brooklyn

By Alexandra Leon | January 15, 2016 1:46pm | Updated on January 18, 2016 9:25am
 A rendering of the proposed skyscraper at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension.
A rendering of the proposed skyscraper at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension.
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Downtown Brooklyn could start looking more like Midtown Manhattan if a work application filed with the city’s Department of Buildings is approved.

Developers the Cherit Group and JDS Development have submitted plans that show a proposed 73-story high-rise at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension, between Dekalb Avenue and Fleet Street.

If the plans are approved, the skyscraper would reach 1,066 feet, eclipsing the Chrysler and New York Times buildings in Midtown, which are tied for fifth tallest in the city at 1,046 feet. 

The high-rise would total 556,164 square feet, with 463,470 square feet reserved for 417 residential units.

A rendering of the tower by SHoP Architects shows a thin, glassy spire looming over Downtown Brooklyn.

The initial plans, filed in the summer of 2014, called for a more modest 775-foot-tall building, according to New York YIMBY. But when JDS Development bought the landmarked Dime Savings Bank for $90 million in November, it also acquired the bank’s 300,000 square feet of air rights, allowing the developer to build even higher.

The building’s first four floors would mix retail and office space, the fifth floor would feature a residential lounge with an outdoor terrace, and apartments would stretch from the 7th floor to the 70th, YIMBY reports.

The tallest tower in Brooklyn is currently 388 Bridge St., a 590-foot tall residential high-rise, but that title will soon go to Douglas Steiner’s The Hub at 333 Schermerhorn St., a 56-story project that will top out at 610 feet once it's completed, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The new tower is one of several developments expected to take over the Brooklyn skyline in the next four years. Some 22,000 new apartments are expected in Brooklyn by 2019, with 6,500 new units anticipated to be built in Downtown Brooklyn alone, according to real estate site CityRealty.

Pending DOB approval, the new high-rise is slated to go up by 2019.