250-Unit 19-Story Building Will Be 50-30-20 Mix;
400-Unit 30-Story Building Will Be All Market Rate
By Linda Collins
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — In a presentation on Phase II of the City Point development last week before the Land Use Committee of Community Board 2 (CB 2), Tom Montvel-Cohen reported that Phase I, the four-story retail building that faces the Fulton Mall, is nearing completion.
Montvel-Cohen, a representative of the development team, identified as Albee Development LLC, said that a TCO (temporary certificate of occupancy) was expected shortly. He also told the Eagle this week that announcements of any new retail tenants for the 45,000-square-foot building will also be made shortly. He had hinted earlier that rumors of who they are are not entirely incorrect.
But the real purpose of the CB 2 presentation was to gain acceptance for the design for Phase II and recommend it for approval to the city’s Public Design Commission — required because the project is being developed on city-owned land.
For that, the decision was 12-2 in favor with one abstention, according to Rob Perris, district manager of CB 2.
Perris also said that in their recommendation for approval, committee members included their concerns that there be more landscaping around the perimeter, that the design of benches in the public open space areas be modified to prevent people from sleeping on them and that the single truck entrance on Fleet Street, with its sloped ramp down to a loading dock, be able to accommodate large trucks.
According to Montvel-Cohen, he and the design team thought this was good advice.
“We want places for relaxing but not for sleeping,” he said of the open spaces. As for the truck entrance, “the whole purpose of that is to keep trucks from sitting and idling on Flatbush Avenue,” he said, adding, “These kinds of dialogs [with community groups] always mean a better project.”
Participating in the presentation in addition to Montvel-Cohen were project executive Paul Travis of Washington Square Partners, which with Acadia Realty Trust forms the development team, Rick Cook of Cook + Fox Architects and Lee Weintraub of Lee Weintraub Landscaping.
Phase II will include two residential buildings — one a 250-unit 19-story structure that will contain the affordable units in a 50-30-20 mix of income levels; the other a 400-unit 30-story structure that will contain market-rate units. All will be rentals, according to Montvel-Cohen.
Beneath the two residential buildings will be a four-story base containing approximately 500,000 square feet of retail. And throughout there will be green roofs and open spaces.
The Future: Phase III
Although the image above shows the very tall tower of Phase III, which has been rumored to be potentially 65 stories, they are misleading and “really totally imaginary,” according to Montvel-Cohen.
“There have been various conceptualized visions of it over the past few years, but we can’t talk about it because we don’t have a final design plan yet,” he said.
And, as mentioned previously, any design for the Phase III tower would also have to be approved by the Public Design Commission.