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Over the past several years, RedSky Capital has been assembling a sizeable development site in Downtown Brooklyn bounded by Fulton Street, Flatbush Avenue Ext., DeKalb Avenue and Bond Street. According to an April story from The Real Deal, the firm led by Ben Bernstein and Ben Stokes has acquired more than a dozen properties on the triangular block over the past several years, spending more than $100 million putting the site together. While plans for the triangular block have yet to be fully revealed, demolition permits have been filed for several of the properties and two renderings have been leaked.
The Real Deal estimates RedSky could build a single structure exceeding 500,000 buildable square feet. RedSky's website gives us a small glimpse of what may be in store. A rendering titled “Fulton Mall Dev.” shows a staggered skyscraper rising roughly 50 stories tall with large retail-housing floorplates below, in addition to several landscaped terraces above. It is unknown whether the building will be residential or commercial. Renderings show it would be enveloped in grey brick and large industrial-style windows. The developer is also moving forward with apair of industrial-infused mixed-use buildings designed by Morris Adjmi.
591-DeKalb-Avenue Rendering of 573-579 via RedSky Capital
The tower would rise at the intersection of Flatbush Ave. Ext. and Fulton Street, which is essentially the Grand Central of Downtown Brooklyn with the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q, R, A, C, and even the G trains providing service to the area. Additionally, the Long Island Railroad and several other subway lines can be caught a few blocks south at Atlantic Terminal. Fulton Street remains one of the city’s most valuable shopping streets and the intersection of Fulton and Flatbush is one of Brooklyn’s most visible, well-trafficked and well-served by mass transportation. The block is located directly south of Junior’s Restaurant and the Dime Savings Bank redevelopment project at 9 Dekalb.
Fulton-Mall-Dev-233 Google Earth aerial showing location of block (CityRealty)
Fulton-Street-Mall-03 Google street view of buildings within RedSky's assemblage
RedSKy TOwer
Banking on a 2004 rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn pushed by the Bloomberg administration, new towers (mostly residential) have sprung up like mushrooms after a spring rain. Last summer, leasing kicked off on the 19-floor One Flatbush Avenue which fronts the newly-refurbished plaza, Fox Square. Apartments in the 183-unit tower start at $2,336/month. Next door to it are two other towering, newly-built rentals of 66 Rockwell and The Ashland. The first new condo developments are also taking shape nearby, most notable Brooklyn Grove, 211 Schermerhorn, and Brooklyn Point.
Proposals on the horizon include JDS' supertall 9 Dekalb, a 43-floor residential tower directly across RedSky's site at 540 Fulton Street, a 40-floor residential building navigating through the city's approval process at 570 Fulton Street, and a 941-foot tall mixed-use tower envisioned for 625 Fulton Street.
547 fulton street Some of the new developments planned near the intersection of Flatbush and Fulton Street: Clockwise from upper-left: 570 Fulton Street, 9 DeKalb, The Brooklyn Grove, 625 Fulton Street, 540 Fulton Street, and 10 Flatbush
522-Fulton-Street-06 Rendering of a Fulton Mall retail opportunity planned for 522 Fulton Street

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