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See the gigantic tower that will soon dominate Brooklyn's skyline

By Evelyn Derico

Developers JDS Development Group and the Cherit Group have submitted plans to the city proposing a Brooklyn skyscraper that would be 73 stories and 1,066 feet tall. It would offer 500 apartment units, 20% of which will be affordable housing. There will be retail space available at ground level. If approved this would make the building by far the tallest in Brooklyn. (Compare that to One World Trade which is 1,792 feet!) The proposed site for the tower is 9 Dekalb Avenue near Flatbush Avenue, where historically land-marked Dime Bank is located. The bank was already purchased by developers in December.

The project calls for the partial demolition of the rear half of Dime Bank to make way for the tower, which could cause some heated debate about the whole, destroying a historic landmark situation. The design of the skyscraper is supposed to echo the architectural style of the historic limestone bank (uh...ok if you say so!) The project was already approved by the Brooklyn Community Board 2 on Wednesday but still needs further approval.

SHoP Architects Firm drafted up this rendering of the project. They're most known for designing the Barclays Center and the new buildings at Hudson Yards. The hearing with the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission will take place March 15 to determine if the project will go forward.

If built, this will be the tallest building in Brooklyn by far.


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