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Clean construction: Builder wants its 20-story Coney tower to be area’s greenest

Towering above: The new Sea Breeze Tower will house 114 rental units, 30 percent of which will be affordable, according to a spokesperson for the developer.
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A Sheepshead Bay-based builder is fast at work erecting a 20-story, mixed-use high-rise that its creators said could be Coney Island’s most environmentally friendly building when complete.

Bigwigs at Ryback Development said in a press release that they hope their Sea Breeze Tower at 271 Sea Breeze Ave. will be one of the first buildings in Southern Brooklyn to be LEED platinum certified — a measure of an energy efficiency and sustainable construction.

The tower near W. Second Street will boast a total square footage of more than three football fields spread across 114 rental apartments above four floors of commercial space.

The residential units include studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, all with 11-foot ceilings and high-end finishes, and 30 percent of them will be reserved for below-market-rate housing, according to a Ryback spokesman.

The tower will also feature some snazzy amenities, including a 24-hour doorman, fitness center, children’s playroom, tenant lounge, and an outdoor recreation area, along with bike storage, a parking garage, and cold storage.

And it’s not the developer’s first building in the area — Rybak has completed some 12 mixed-use projects across Southern Brooklyn, but Sea Breeze Tower will be its tallest and largest to date.

Workers recently finished its foundation, and are now constructing the first and second floors, with completion of the high-rise set for summer 2020, according Rybak spokesman Lenny Vyater.

The swanky structure is part of the broader effort to revitalize Southern Brooklyn and Coney Island in particular, according to the developer, who said Sea Breeze Tower’s proximity to natural amenities such as the beach, and to public transport — the F and Q trains pass right behind the building’s rear facade — will make it a desirable location for renters, while fitting in with the local community.

“Rybak Development worked diligently over the past year and a half to acquire this high-demand location with proximity to the Boardwalk, parks, beaches, and transportation,” said Rybek honcho Jason Reznik. “We worked equally as hard to design a tower that compliments the historic oceanside community.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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