NEW YORK | 620 Fulton St (253 Ashland) | 177 FT | 12 FLOORS


Continuing the discussion from NEW YORK | Flatbush Ave Corridor (DoBro + BAM + PP):

Hotel Trades Council Medical Building Coming to Downtown Brooklyn, 620 Fulton Street


620 Fulton Street, vacant lot at foreground, via Google Maps

When downtown Brooklyn was rezoned for high-density development 10 years ago, the city envisioned office towers along the hotels and residential buildings that are already rising. Unfortunately office rents in the area are still too low for that kind of new construction to pencil out, and the rezoning’s been a disappointment for those looking to see such development in the heart of Brooklyn.

Speculative office builders aren’t likely to descend on Livingston Street any time soon, but one group is planning to add a bit of new office and medical space to the neighborhood: the New York City Hotel and Hotel Trades Council’s Employee Benefit Funds.

The labor union’s healthcare and pension arm picked up a parking lot at 620 Fulton Street last year for $19 million (technically in Fort Greene), with the intention of building a $90 million medical center, with everything from doctors and dentists offices to a pharmacy for unionized hotel workers and their families.

Now, Francis Cauffman – an architectural practice that’s done a lot of work in the past for healthcare clients – has filed for a new building permit at 620 Fulton. According to the application, the 165,000-square foot building would rise 12 stories, but with generous ceiling heights that bump its overall height to 177 feet. The structure on the south side of Fulton, between Ashland Place and St. Felix Street, will be fairly bulky, occupying about 80 percent of its lot, but will include a 2,800-square foot open plaza area.

620 Fulton Street, vacant lot at center, image from Bing Maps

It would have 132,000 square feet of usable space, with retail on the ground floor to bring in a bit of income, walk-in healthcare facilities through the fifth floor, and then office space above, per the Schedule A filing.

The new building would presumably leave the Employee Benefit Funds’s existing downtown Brooklyn health center, at 68-80 Schermerhorn Street, available for other uses – potentially including redevelopment, with its generous zoning.


Did I understand that this building is to be 177 stories tall? or is that a typo?


Taken Friday.

Looks like it recently topped out.


No render?? Looks really nice in overall form so far, nonetheless


Here are some renders from a couple years ago on yimby


Thanks! Looks sharp and a welcome addition!




Nice photos, all around Tectonic! Thanks for the Downtown Brooklyn updates! Our forum is really the news central of skyscrapers, thanks to you and all the other members we can bring info and photos from all around, not just Manhattan.


Thank you.


That facade looks really cool. It is coming out as good or even better than the renders which is impressive.





This is looking great so far.