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City Approves 1,066-Foot-Tall Downtown Brooklyn Skyscraper

By Alexandra Leon | April 22, 2016 11:48am | Updated on April 25, 2016 8:49am
 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 — The Downtown Brooklyn skyline is rising.

Earlier this week, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a proposal that would allow a 1,066-foot tower to go up at 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension, a part of which would sit on the former Dime Savings Bank, according to a spokeswoman with the commission. 

While the project itself can be built as-of-right, meaning it complies with all zoning regulations and doesn't require city approval to go up, the commission had to approve changes to the Dime Savings Bank building, a landmark located at 9 DeKalb Ave., according to the LPC.

The commission approved the changes to the 108-year-old landmark with some modifications that required the developer to retain the former bank's historic teller booths until a tenant is secured. 

The commission's approval will allow developers Cherit Group and JDS Development to move forward with plans to construct the 73-story apartment building, which would be the tallest in the borough, even eclipsing the Chrysler and New York Times buildings in Midtown Manhattan, 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, according to Department of Buildings filings.
A rendering of the hexagonal tower by SHoP Architects shows a thin, glassy spire looming over Downtown Brooklyn.

The tower is slated to go up by 2019.

The high-rise is just 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 CityRealty