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Downtown Brooklyn - Approved!
Introduction | Economic Perspective | The Plan | Public Commitment | Public Review
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Downtown Brooklyn Development Opportunities

Downtown Brooklyn Development Opportunities

Downtown Brooklyn's Assets:
  • Office Space: 11 million square feet of office space in the commercial core, including six million square feet of prestigious Class A space with a vacancy rate of 0.2 percent. These buildings have high quality standard finishes, state of the art systems, exceptional accessibility and a definite market presence.
  • Corporate Tenants: critical mass of Class A tenants, including Chase, Keyspan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, SIAC and Bear Stearns
  • Employment: 70,000 workers in Downtown Brooklyn, many at operations centers for financial service companies
  • Academic Institutions: seven institutions in and around the Downtown area with over 32,000 students
  • Housing: exceptional housing stock in surrounding brownstone neighborhoods and 500 units in the core with 1,200 residents
  • Cultural Resources: 300,000 square feet of cultural space drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors annually
  • Infrastructure: comprehensive transit network and infrastructure systems

Zoning enacted in 1961 did not foresee extensive change to the existing business district, as it was then defined by Court Street, the Civic Center and Fulton Streets department store corridor. Since that time most commercial redevelopment has required publicly sponsored zoning changes and other government actions, such as urban renewal and direct investment, to facilitate enlargement of the office core on sites that were dominated by lofts, small buildings and parking lots. These actions resulted in the development of the Pierrepoint Plaza office building, the 5.5 million square-foot MetroTech campus, and the Renaissance Plaza office and hotel complex. Most recently, in July 2001, the City Planning Commission approved the Special Downtown Brooklyn District (SDBD) with more flexible height and setback controls and several upzonings that have resulted in construction of new apartment houses.

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