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Anticipated Downtown Brooklyn office building advances with six-story school in tow

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New details have emerged on the planned office building at 420 Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn, which was first announced in 2015. The city has now officially sold the 3,132-square-foot parcel of land to JEMB Realty, which will allow it to move forward on a 450,000-square-foot office and school building, the first ground-up office development in Downtown Brooklyn since the 2004 rezoning of the neighborhood.

JEMB Realty was announced to develop the site two years ago, but little news has emerged on the project since. Last fall, news emerged that JEMB was partnering with Forest City Ratner on this project, but it’s not yet clear if that is still the case.

What we do know so far is that JEMB plans to build an office building with 380,000 square feet of commercial space, retail on the ground floor, and a 300-seat school. This school will take up the first six floors of the building, and have a separate entrance on Albee Square West.

“We’re bringing long-awaited office space and a school to Downtown Brooklyn, complementing the swell of City investment and new development the neighborhood is seeing,” James Patchett, the president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the agency that sold the property to JEMB, said in a statement.

JEMB will combine an adjacent 18,000-square-foot property with the one at 420 Albee Square to create what it’s calling One Willoughby Square. Previously Kohn Pedersen Fox was attached to design the building, but they’re no longer on this project, and a new architect has yet to be revealed. Back in 2014, this site was slated for a 65-story residential building, but those plans were scrapped for the office building.
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Permits Filed For Office Tower At 420 Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn



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After several design iterations, it appears that work is finally set to begin on a new office tower at 420 Albee Square, in Downtown Brooklyn. What was originally expected to become the borough’s tallest residential tower saw a substantial downgrade in expectations when revised permits were filed in March of 2015, only for the shift to office to be announced in November of the same year. FXFowle is listed as the architect on the latest version, which will rise 36 floors and 495 feet to its rooftop.

Applications filed with the DOB show that the tower’s total construction area will measure 385,460 square feet. Within that, there will be six stories of community facility space for a school totaling 60,656 square, topped by the offices, which will measure 324,804 square feet. There will also be “data & electrical closest” alongside the primary uses.

The filings appear to match a rendering that YIMBY first featured back in June, though official images have yet to be released for the latest version of One Willoughby Square. The rendered program also shows a setback matching the one made obvious in the new Schedule A for the project, after the fifth floor.

Whether the most recent rendering is up to date remains to be confirmed, but in any case, the 495-foot-tall tower will hardly be high-impact on the overall Brooklyn skyline, a statement that would not have been true only ten years ago. It will still be somewhat bulkier than most of the tallest residential skyscrapers, but imminent projects like JDS’ supertall at 9 DeKalb and Extell’s 697-foot CityPoint, which will rise right across the street, will be far taller.

In any case, One Willoughby Square will still be an overwhelmingly beneficial infill development. Completion is likely by 2020, and JEMB Realty is the site’s developer, alongside the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Per the EDC’s website, the project will create 1,100 permanent jobs and 1,000 construction jobs, while the school will have 300 seats.
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The Plan: Downtown Brooklyn’s Classic Yet Modern One Willoughby Square



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So FXFOWLE is designing a ground-up 500,000-square-foot office building in Downtown Brooklyn for JEMB Realty and Forest City New York that already comes with a big dose of old manufacturing plant essence.

“No one is going to mistake this building for an old building. It’s got a modern vocabulary,” Dan Kaplan, a senior partner at FXFOWLE, told Commercial Observer about One Willoughby Square (a.k.a. 420 Albee Square). “But it’s rooted in what I think are the most classical New York-type buildings. Buildings that really started their lives as factories and lofts and feel very modern, but it wants to feel of its place as well. It wants to feel rooted in Brooklyn as opposed to something that is in Hudson Yards or Shanghai. It’s a reaction versus the all-glass building.”

Instead of all-glass curtain wall, FXFOWLE will is creating the structure with factory-style windows to flood it with light. Also, the mechanicals, elevators and bathrooms of the building will be stuck on the side of the tower (rather than its center) so each floor will be even less unencumbered by walls.

The exterior of the building will feature glazed-blue bricks with a pleated pattern inspired from the nearby Belltel Lofts building at 365 Bridge Street. And the concrete floors will be virtually column-free, with a wide open plan and 14-foot high ceilings, which will be already exposed.


JEMB brought aboard JLL’s Mitchell Konsker, Howard Hersch and Brett Harvey to handle marketing spaces in the building, which is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021. The New York City School Construction Authority has already leased the second through sixth floors of the building comprising 87,000 square feet for a new 300-seat school, as CO previously reported. The school will have a separate entrance from the office component.

A recurring feature in FXFOWLE projects is an abundance of outdoor space, and One Willoughby will just be another such project. Every other floor in the building will have an outdoor balcony. In addition, there are three “super floors” that will have 18-foot ceilings heights and terraces and loggias.

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Architecture firm falls in love with tower it designed




By Lois Weiss
December 19, 2017


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The architecture firm FXFOWLE will be moving its offices to the new building it designed for JEMB Realty at One Willoughby Sq. in Brooklyn.

Currently located in Chelsea, the architects will be housed in 40,000 square feet on the seventh through ninth floors of the 36-story project on Duffield Street.

When completed in 2021, the base of the building will house a new 300-seat school in 87,000 square feet on the second through sixth floors that will have its own entrance on Albee Square West.

To construct the school, the NYC School Construction Authority sold a site to JEMB, which then bought adjacent parcels to accommodate the side-core tower.

The setback on top of the school also enables FXFOWLE to have a sprawling 20-foot-by-150-foot terrace on its seventh floor. It will use this for gatherings and relaxation, but it will also provide a spot to test out plants for green roofs and mock-ups for designs as well as allow the firm to check out materials in natural light.


Now located in an old Garment District-like loft space at 22 W. 19th St., the architects are known for their environmentally friendly designs. Projects include 3 Hudson Blvd., 11 Times Sq. and the green roof at the Javits Convention Center.

The new One Willoughby Sq. will be the first newly built Class A office tower in the borough in many years.

“The more we thought about it, the more it dawned on us that we are the tenants,” said Dan Kaplan of FXFOWLE. “At first, it was a creative enterprise — for instance, if we were occupying the space, what would we want? Then, if we were occupying it, transitioned into, this could be a great home for us.”

Every other floor will have balconies while four “superfloors” have 18-foot-high ceilings and either terraces or loggias — outdoor spaces carved into the building — that will overlook the Willoughby Square Park.

"We wanted to create something with shadow and texture but had a reference to the grit of historical Brooklyn,” explained Kaplan, who didn’t think that the area called for a glass, curtain-wall tower.

The tower’s wavy, navy- blue brick façade is also an homage to architect Ralph Walker, Kaplan said, and echoes the bricks at the nearby Belltel Lofts.

Andrew Weiss of Signature Partners represented FXFOWLE in the 15-year deal.

Although a JLL team is handling leasing, this transaction was arranged by the building’s developer, Morris Bailey, chairman and founder of JEMB. “We’re very happy at the signing of our lease with FXFOWLE,” said Bailey.

Asking rents for the remaining floors start at $65 per square foot. The building is targeted for a 2021 delivery.
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Oh man, is that a huge blank wall going up the entire right side of the tower in that last render? If so, that's something even a mother would have a tough time loving.
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Wow I love the blue. I am hoping this will be ceramic tile or another quality material.

Just saw that it is glazed blue bricks. That is a great design.

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I'm kinda not a fan of the current design. The older one by KPF Architects was top notch. Granted a filler is a filler, but the KPF would have added a nice touch to DoBro with its 181 Fremont vibe.

In the end, it is what it is. Another skyscraper for the area.
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That has to be the best way I have ever seen a blank wall texturized.


...The tower, of course......Not the blockturd mid(?)rise next to it.



SkyHouse, on the other hand.....
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So weird... I like it.
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Construction Begins on Brooklyn's Tallest Office Building, One Willoughby Square

"Come 2021, Downtown Brooklyn will have a fresh new commercial tower — the neighborhood’s first ground-up office development since the area was rezoned in 2004. Christened One Willoughby Square, the 36-floor building will be the tallest commercial building in the borough. Spread across its 471,285 square feet will be Class A offices, ground-floor retail, and a 300-seat school housed in its first six floors..."











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The facade is busy....but in a very good way.

It's like 270 Park's polar opposite like that.
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JEMB Secures $235 Million Construction Loan For One Willoughby Square In Downtown Brooklyn

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In the heart of downtown Brooklyn, just off of Flatbush Avenue and adjacent to the City Point complex, One Willoughby Square, also known as 1WSQ or 420 Albee Square, is now on track to become the tallest Class A office tower in Brooklyn. A $235 million construction loan has now been approved and secured from Otera Capital, a Canadian real estate lending company. JEMB is the developer of the upcoming office project.

The 34-story, 495-foot-tall, 500,000 square foot complex broke ground this past February, and has already secured a 40,000 square foot lease from FXFOWLE, recently renamed as FXCollaborative. In charge of the design, they will also be the main anchor, and will take up the first office floors which come with a 3,000 square foot terrace.

JEMB is continuing to seek other potential tenants for the skyscraper. The first six floors of the tower will be home to an 87,000 square foot school, capable of holding 300 attendees.

The interior work space will feature spacious, unobstructed and column-free floor plans with outdoor balconies on every other floor. Three dedicated office floors will include 18-foot high ceilings and their own landscaped loggias. One of these levels are located at the top of the building’s six-story podium where FXCollaborative will be moving to, while the remaining two sections are found every third of the way up to the roof of the tower, creating a visual and architectural impression of three volumetric boxes stacked on top of each other.

The facade consists of square-shaped dark blue colored tiles, separating the industrial-style glass facade between each floor, while vertical ribbons of reflective panels highlight the rigid structure of the building.

The project is set to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.
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