YIMBY brought you a construction update two months ago on the 32-story, 384-unit mixed-use building going up at 286 Ashland Place, in Downtown Brooklyn, which stood just 12 stories tall at the time. Since then, the structure has doubled to 24 stories, courtesy of a YIMBY reader’s photo, and façade installation has also begun. As previously reported, the building will will include significant retail and community spaces, and 20% of the units will be set aside as affordable. Two Trees is developing, TEN Arquitectos is designing, and completion is expected in August of 2016.
While the Downtown Brooklyn construction boom’s biggest impact will be the addition of residential space, its effects on the streetscape are also going to be significant, and few projects will be more significant to the pedestrian experience than 286 Ashland Place. The building, which is being designed by TEN Arquitectos and developed by Two Trees, will soon stand 32 stories tall, but its significant presence at the street level is already becoming apparent, per the latest photos from Tectonic.
In May of 2014, YIMBY brought you renderings of TEN Arquitectos’ conceptual plans for the St. Johns Terminal building at 550 Washington Street, in Hudson Square. At the time, multiple owners complicated the redevelopment of the 1.1-million square-foot structure, which has 280,000 square feet of air rights, but now Westbrook Partners has bought out Fortress Investment Group’s ownership stake for more than $200 million, according to Crain’s. Atlas Capital Group, who tried to acquire additional air rights from Pier 40 last year, will retain their minority stake. Plans include a new residential tower, which may be built ground-up or as a conversion/expansion, but city approval is required before construction can begin.
In the spring of 2014, YIMBY reported that excavation was underway at 286 Ashland Place in Fort Greene, where a 32-story, 384-unit mixed-use building is planned. Over a year later, the building is now two stories above street level and rising, according to Brownstoner. The building will have 77 units set aside as lottery-allocated housing, and will feature 21,000 and 45,000 square feet of retail and culture space, respectively. Two Trees Management is developing, while TEN Arquitectos is designing. Ismael Leyva is the architect of record, and completion is slated for the second half of 2016.
Earlier this fall, filmmaker Andrew Padilla got his hands on the massing diagram of Forest City Ratner’s proposed East River Plaza redevelopment. The portion of the mall on FDR Drive between East 117th and 119th Streets would give rise to three fifty-odd-story buildings. And now,…