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420 Albee Square, rendering by KPF

Reveal for One Willoughby Square, Downtown Brooklyn Office Tower

UPDATEAccording to the developer, JEMB Realty, the below represents the latest iteration of the design of 420 Albee Square when it was with KPF Architects. KPF is no longer the architect on record and the developer will be introducing a new architect and concept soon.

The development site at 420 Albee Square has seen several twists and turns, with initial plans for the assemblage consisting of a 65-story tower that would have risen almost 700 feet. That iteration was shelved by the end of 2015, when YIMBY reported on a height chop down to 35 floors. By the end of last year, we had additional confirmation of what was happening thanks to the EDC’s continued efforts, with a rendering by Kohn Pedersen Fox finally appearing. Now, YIMBY has the official reveal for the project.

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Touring the World’s Tallest Modular Building at 461 Dean Street in Pacific Park

After four years of delayed construction, financial missteps, and lawsuits, Forest City Ratner and Greenland U.S.A. are finally welcoming tenants into 461 Dean Street, currently the tallest skyscraper in the world constructed with modular units. The 32-story tower on the edge of Prospect Heights and Park Slope offers sweeping views of brownstone Brooklyn, but its lengthy construction saga highlights the myriad issues facing developers who want to build with modular construction.

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420 Albee Square, rendering by KPF

New Details Revealed of Planned 500,000-Square-Foot Office Tower at 420 Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn

YIMBY revealed preliminary renderings of a planned office building at 420 Albee Square, in Downtown Brooklyn, when the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced the project back in November of 2015. Now, new details are emerging. Dubbed One Willoughby Square, it will measure roughly 500,000 square feet. Kohn Pedersen Fox is responsible for the design, although the final vision is still to be determined, the Wall Street Journal reported. It’s unclear how many floors there will be or how high the building will rise since new building applications have yet to be filed. The developers, JEMB Realty and Forest City Ratner Companies, are currently seeking an anchor tenant. Construction is expected to begin in 2017. The 22,840-square-foot site is currently vacant.


430 Marin Boulevard

Hudson Exchange West’s 35-Story, 421-Unit Mixed-Use Tower Tops Out at 430 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City

Construction has topped out on the 35-story, 421-unit mixed-use building at 430 Marin Boulevard, in downtown Jersey City. The construction update is possible thanks to a photo posted to the Forums. The new building will contain 10,126 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 20 percent of the apartments (85 units) will be designated as affordable. The tower is being built as part of the 11-building Hudson Exchange West mega-development. The developer, Forest City Ratner, is facing a lawsuit over the legality of developing the property, due to a former railway that was removed in the 1990s, Jersey Digs reported. It appears construction on the first building has continued despite the legal challenge. Perkins Eastman is behind the design. Completion of the first building is expected in 2017.


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