Two towers are quickly rising next to each other within spitting distance of the Barclays Center in Prospect Heights.
Both are part of Pacific Park, originally known as Atlantic Yards, the biggest and most controversial development project in Brooklyn in decades, spawning protests, lawsuits and a documentary film, “Battle for Brooklyn.”
The first, with an address of 18 6th Ave., at the corner of Atlantic Avenue, appears to have 35 of its eventual 51 stories already erected. The glassy curtain wall has been installed on floors five through 15.
There will be 858 apartments once completed, according to building permits, with retail on the first three floors, a gym for residents, a terrace on the 26th floor and a pool and roof deck on the 50th floor. Perkins Eastman is the architect on the project, and The Brodsky Organization and Greenland Forest City Partners are developing.
When completed, the building will have a tall, glassy sheen with a slightly curved facade on the side that faces Atlantic Avenue, according to renderings. It appears, from a distance, to rise out of the grassy roof of the Barclays Center. With towers ringing it, Barclays Center is getting harder to see from the street.
Across 6th Avenue, a building at No. 37 (also known as 662 Pacific St.) has topped out at 28 stories. This one will have 316 units total, according to building permits, and a school that will occupy the first five floors of the building. Apartments will start on the sixth floor, with a swimming pool and roof deck on the top floor. Marvel Architects is behind the design of this building, and The Brodsky Organization is the developer.
The look here is more standard, with a stackable cube design that is becoming prominent among sizable developments in the borough.
Both buildings will contain a mix of market rate and affordable units, according to plans laid out by the developer.
The two buildings are the latest additions to the slow-moving and often contested Pacific Park development, the brainchild of Forest City Ratner, which has been in the works since at least 2003. Back then, the development’s design was initially going to be headed up by starchitect Frank Gehry, who parted ways with the venture in 2009. Over a period of years starting in 2014, other partners were brought in, and now the project’s developers comprise Greenland Forest City Partners, The Brodsky Organization and TF Cornerstone.
Of a possible eventual 17 buildings, including Barclays Center, only five have so far been completed. The project has come under fire for using eminent domain for private development and for its affordable housing. Currently, the developers have a legally mandated goal of building 2,250 affordable units by 2025.
Two more buildings that are part of the Pacific Park development, located on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt, started construction over the summer.
This story first appeared on Brownstoner.com.