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Park and rise: New designs revealed for residential towers going up on old Dumbo parking lot

Coming soon: Developers CIM Group and LIVWRK are building these 21-story towers dubbed Front and York in Dumbo.
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It’s a Dumbo development double whammy!

The developers building two luxury towers on a vacant Jay Street lot they bought years ago from the Jehovah’s Witnesses revealed new renderings and a website for the high-rises, whose one-to-four-bedroom condos are expected to hit the market later this year, according to a rep.

Builders Cim Group and Livwrk’s towers at 85 Jay St. — which the firms christened Front and York after two of the streets surrounding the city-block-sized site — will rise on land the religious group sold off for $345 million in 2016, and previously used as a parking lot for its members.

The two proposed 21-story high-rises are going up as of right, because Witnesses leaders in 2004 got the city to rezone the site for housing, despite never building residences there.

Together, the towers designed by Manhattan–based architect Morris Adjmi will include 408 condos and an additional 320 rental units, according to the rep, and each will boast its own lobby and swimming pool, with additional spaces dedicated to retail and a community facility, plans filed with the city in 2017 show.

Cim Group and Livwrk leaders initially purchased the site in a real-estate partnership that also included the family firm of President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, scooping it up months after the trio shelled out an additional $340 million for the Witnesses old Watchtower building in nearby Brooklyn Heights.

Kushner held on to his personal stakes in the Jay St. project — and the redevelopment of the old Watchtower site into an office-and-commercial complex dubbed Panorama — long after he stepped down as the chief executive of his family’s Kushner Companies when his father-in-law took the oath of office in January 2017, but ultimately sold them to Cim Group last June, leaving it and Livwrk as the properties’ lone developers.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 1:29 pm, January 21, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Dumbo says:
How in the WORLD is the York St F subway stop going to support this? What is being done about it? That is what needs reporting!! And what a stupid name, very original!
Jan. 21, 4:46 pm
AC from Upper West Side says:
Subway shouldn't be the concern of the developer. It should be a small factor if anything at all. If we were to dictate construction by the subway's capabilities, then literally every single project going up in the city shouldn't be, regardless of its use. Well-intentioned concern my friend, but ill-informed. The MTA just needs to get their heads on straight.
Jan. 21, 10:05 pm
jess Pratt from Brooklyn Heights says:
Watchtower needs the money to pay for these kinds of lawsuits: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/35-million-verdict-puts-spotlight-insular-jehovah-s-witness-community-n914841
Jan. 22, 11:35 am
ujh from Westchester County says:
The inadequacy of York Street station has been highlighted before. If a second entrance/exit were to be built, it would have to done near Prospect/Sands Streets as the station platform extends in that direction, not toward Front Street.
Jan. 22, 11:42 am
Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
The rendering is highly misleading in that it implies a wide open space south of the building. Actually, there is an even taller high-rise to the south (not shown here). The vantage point of this picture is from the fictional open space, but no one would ever get this view because that point is smack in the middle of the existing building. The reality is the new building transforms this side of Dumbo into a high-rise district.
Jan. 22, 6:32 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Good! Get rid of parking and ban personal vehicles in NYC.
Jan. 22, 7:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
AC, how about the fact that the infrastructure can barely keep with the area now and that this new building will just make it go from bad to worse?
Jan. 24, 1:18 pm

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