City Point’s Third Residential Tower Will Be a Bright White Bean Pole

The first two squat residential towers belonging to City Point. (Photo by Jane Bruce)
The first two squat residential towers belonging to City Point. (Photo by Jane Bruce)

Detailed plans for the third and final residential tower belonging to City Point—the 1.9 million square-foot commercial and residential development in Downtown Brooklyn (and home to Dekalb Market Hall)—were revealed by the building’s developer, Extell, at a Community Board 2 land use committee meeting last night.

While the first two towers (one 19 stories, the other 30 stories, with a combined 650 units) rest atop a five-story 675,000 square-foot commercial base, the Extell tower will stand apart from—i.e., way above—its neighbors, according to Brooklyn Paper. At 57 stories with 500 unites—and the color white, because it will definitely stay real clean-looking in this city—it will be one of the tallest buildings in the borough.  

Like its two (now comparatively-squat) neighbors, the Extell tower will be attached to a commercial base, this one four stories and 60,000 square feet. (The commercial base anchoring the other towers is 675,000 square feet in total, with the 30,000-square-foot Market Hall in the cellar.) This is Extell’s first project in Brooklyn, and they recently got some negative press for their 33-story Lincoln Square tower in Manhattan, due to the separate market-rate and low-income entrances.

But at the meeting last night, concern from residents was far more surface level than that: How on Earth would a white facade stay snow white?

A system of bespoke squeegees, probably.

“Something that has been discussed is a custom-designed squeegee that actually washes the facades in the grooves itself. We don’t want the building to be looking filthy,” said Bruce Fischer, with KPF Architects.

Extoll Vice president, Tony Mannarino, assured attendees that this was completely possible. “We have several buildings throughout New York where we’ve designed special cleaning mechanisms.”

Whew. We may be losing the battle against lots of new and often crappy residential towers throughout Kings County, but we still have our standards. Let our towers be sparkly, at least.

Construction on the 57-story bean pole will break ground this year, and is scheduled to be completed in 2019.


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