Developer Bruce Ratner and architect Frank Gehry have announced that ‘Miss Brooklyn,’ the 620-foot residential and commercial tower planned for the 22-acre Atlantic Yards project, has been scrapped. In its place they’re proposing a building called ‘B1’: a 511 foot tall structure that will now house commercial tenants only. If they can be found – Forest City Ratner has yet to secure an anchor tenant for what will now be 650,000 of commercial space.
B1’s design is markedly different from the sleek Miss Brooklyn, which was to have risen higher than downtown Brooklyn’s tallest building, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank. Gehry’s redo is an amalgamation of asymmetrical stacked boxes – call it Miss Jenga – that he deems “more festive” than Miss Brooklyn.
A second building, dubbed ‘B2,’ would (theoretically) be built first. It’s a 340-foot building with 350 market-rate and affordable apartments, colored red and pink in order to “speak to the residential fabric of the neighborhood,” according to Gehry.
Atlantic Yards Report notes that the downsizing of Miss Brooklyn is old news, and a rally over the weekend drew hundreds of protesters who oppose the $4.2 billion project. In a Daily News Op-Ed yesterday, Ratner pledged to forge ahead.