Friday, July 27, 2007

More info on the Willoughby Street changes

"People have begun to stop by the old Verizon Building at 7 MetroTech in impressive numbers. Not to pay their phone bills, but to explore places to live. That Art Deco structure is being converted into 244 condos and 89,000 square feet of retail space. Living on Willoughby Street will no longer sound funny. A major project that is being fleshed out by developer Al Laboz would redevelop the Conway Building (the former Offerman Building) facing Duffield Street, which also fronts on Fulton Street. He would spend more than $75 million to create about 144,000 square feet of new retail and 72,000 square feet of office space.

Five other projects are in the planning stage in the Willoughby Corridor, including one by St. Boniface Church that could add a minimum of 800 residential units, plus 53,000 square feet of retail space and 60,000 square feet of church office space.

These projects could total more than 2 million square feet.

Shoddy Willoughby Street Downtown Due for Major Change
(Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

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