9 DeKalb Avenue. Rendering by SHoP Architects/JDS Development
BY: MICHAEL YOUNG 8:00 AM ON APRIL 6, 2020
Construction is finally about to go vertical at 9 DeKalb Avenue, the first supertall skyscraper in the outer boroughs. Designed by SHoP Architects and developed by JDS, the Downtown Brooklyn residential tower will stand 1,066 feet above the neighborhood.
Recent photos shot through the construction fence shows construction above street level. Workers were observed placing steel rebar in preparation for the concrete pours that will form the ground-floor columns and core walls of the 73-story skyscraper. The yellow construction crane was constantly in motion delivering materials to the site as crews put up the temporary metal formwork to support the ground-floor ceiling.
9 DeKalb Avenue. Photo by Michael Young
Meanwhile, the 160-year-old landmarked Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn stands awaiting its complete restoration and integration into the 9 DeKalb Avenue project.
Looking at the front of the Dime Savings Bank of Brooklyn. Photo by Michael Young
9 DeKalb Avenue will yield a total of 425 rental apartments and 150 condominiums, along with amenities including an outdoor terrace and a rooftop pool on top of the Dime Savings Bank. The domed edifice will serve as an entrance to the development’s 120,000 square feet of retail space along Flatbush Avenue, greeting visitors with its beautifully ornamented and richly colored former bank interiors. The southern corner of the parcel will retain the famous Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery, which is operating within a two-story structure. This is the only section of the land that was left untouched.
The closest subway trains are the B, Q, and R trains to the north at the DeKalb Avenue station; the the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains to the south at the Nevins Street station; and the A, C, and G trains to the west at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn Streets station.
9 DeKalb Avenue is anticipated to be finished around 2022.