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First New Dumbo Development in A Century Breaks Ground

29 Jay Street

View from the corner of Jay St. and Plymouth St (Marvel Designs)

Developer Edward J. Minskoff is ready to break ground on its new real estate project in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. The new building located at 29 Jay Street, designed by Marvel Designs, is said to be the first completely new office building to be built in Dumbo in a century. The other commercial projects in the area have all been renovation and expansions of pre-existing buildings.

In order to get the project off the ground the developers first needed the City Planning Commission to rezone the area for higher-density use and the Landmarks Preservation Commission had to approve the design which was done by Marvel Architects.
Edward J. Minskoff Equities acquired the location in March 2020 for $61.5 million.

Located in the landmark historic DUMBO neighborhood at the intersection of Jay Street and Plymouth Street, this facility is a new 11-story, 225,000 square foot commercial building. Marvel says that the design embraces the look and feel of DUMBO’s architectural character, sculpted with the attenuated muscularity of 21st Century technology.

29 Jay St

View from south on Jay Street (Marvel Designs)

The floor span of the ground level was increased from 16 feet to 17.5 feet. This was done to allow for the additional clearance for the loading dock. The architects also reduced the height for most of the building’s steel awnings and signage details.

The building’s façade includes geometric prefabricated concrete panels with dramatically angled corners. Marvel Architects said that this design detail was added in order to establish a more robust appearance of depth, as well as to help the building shed water. The facade also includes new window cleaning anchors, nine-foot sliding windows along Plymouth Street, and sloped sills for improved drainage.

In order to meet new climate related regulation in New York, a state-of-the-art cooling tower, water-cooled VRF units and ventilation systems, and a gas-fired boiler were added.

The new building will also offer 23,000 square feet of floorplates, bike storage facilities and tenant locker rooms.

It will be located just one block away from the Brooklyn Bridge.

In keeping with the evolution of structural advancements in the district, Marvel says that they have employed a long span steel structural frame, with diagonal cross bracing, to prevent shear walls, minimize columns, and provide ample daylight, for modern commercial use with a historic industrial feel.

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