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Brooklyn Paper: New 20-story tower tops out in Downtown Brooklyn


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A 20-story residential tower has topped out behind The Cathedral Basilica of Saint James in Downtown Brooklyn.

Located at 22 Chapel St., it takes the place of a former two-story brick building that was home to Start Treatment & Recovery Centers, which sold the property in 2018 for $26.45 million.

Stretching half the block, the building is 20 stories tall on the side facing Flatbush Avenue (and the busy entrance/exit to the Manhattan Bridge), with a drop to 12 stories toward the back of the building. While completely overshadowing the church below, it also hovers over McLaughlin Park, which sits right across the street.

Designed by Manhattan-based architecture firm CetraRuddy and developed by Delshah Capital and OTL Enterprises, renderings show a white, layered facade. Setbacks give the tower almost a rounded form.

The site in 2017.Photo by Susan De Vries

Building permits show it will have a total of 180 units, starting on the third floor of the building. Parking for 85 cars will be underground, and a community facility will be on the ground level along with retail. The community facility will also have space on the second floor, in addition to a children’s playroom and a terrace.

Another terrace, this one with a pool for residents, will be on the 15th floor, and a third terrace will be located on the roof.

Renderings by CetraRuddy via 6sqft

When completed, it will add to a rapidly growing stretch of Downtown Brooklyn that includes the Tillary Hotel and Hampton Inn across the street, plus the 40-story condo building The Oro at 306 Gold St. and the 36-story residential building called BKLYN AIR, located at 309 Gold St., just down Flatbush.

This story first appeared on Brownstoner.com.

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