Brooklyn's New Tallest Building Already Facing Competition

The new 51-story rental tower, The Brooklyner, boasts that it's Brooklyn's tallest building—edging out the iconic One Hanson Place clock tower by a mere two feet—but its hold on the title may, irony alert, be short. The Brooklyn Eagle reports that megadeveloper AvalonBay has filed bulding plans for a 58-story residential tower on Willoughby Street between Bridge and Duffield Streets, across the street from BellTel Lofts. At 596 feet tall, Avalon Willoughby West (tentative title) would beat out The Brooklyner by 82 feet. Slated for 860 rental units, the tower could get started within a year, once demolition of the existing buildings on the site—it took the combination of 11 lots to assemble this thing—wraps up. The long-rumored Avalon project has been through many designs, and the latest is one from SLCE Architects, though the Eagle reports it's not final. Things are lookin' up in Downtown Brooklyn!

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