View Full Version : 9 Metrotech Center - Flatbush Ave @ Myrtle Ave - Downtown Brooklyn - by Cesar Pelli

January 5th, 2002, 09:42 PM
Rendering of 9 MetroTech Center (http://www.wirednewyork.com/9metrotech_south.htm). On the right is the 4 MetroTech Center building (Chase) (http://www.wirednewyork.com/4_metrotech.htm).


Construction is in progress in January of 2001 of 9 MetroTech Center (http://www.wirednewyork.com/9metrotech_south.htm).


Press Released Date : 11/20/2001 *
RELATED PROJECT : Nine MetroTech Center South (http://www.wirednewyork.com/9metrotech_south.htm) *

Forest City Ratner Companies Begins Construction of 9 MetroTech Center South

New Building Will Provide Corporate HQ for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Complete Brooklyn's MetroTech Complex

Citing the urgent need to develop new office space in New York City following the destruction of the World Trade Center, Bruce C. Ratner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forest City Ratner Companies, today joined State and City officials in breaking ground for construction of 9 MetroTech Center South in Downtown Brooklyn.

Approximately 1,300 employees of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield who were displaced by the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center will relocate to eight floors of 9 MetroTech Center South. The company''s corporate operations, including marketing and information technology, will be located in these offices. The largest health insurer in New York State, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield has leased 322,220 square feet of space in the new office building.

The last building to go up as part of the 16-acre MetroTech Center complex, 9 MetroTech Center South will have 19 stories of office space topped by two additional stories of mechanical space. It will rise 325 feet from street level to the top of the building''s parapet. The building, which will open in the Spring of 2003, will provide some 670,000 square feet of commercial space.

"Forest City is fast-tracking construction of 9 MetroTech Center South in order to help fill the void in premium office space in New York City created by the tragedy of September 11th," said Mr. Ratner. "We look forward to welcoming Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield to MetroTech Center and providing this great company with the state-of-the-art facilities it needs.

"Beginning construction of 9 MetroTech Center South also opens the final chapter in the 14-year-long development of MetroTech Center," Mr. Ratner continued. "Forest City is proud of the pivotal role that MetroTech has played in bringing scores of new businesses and thousands of new jobs to Downtown Brooklyn."

"Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield is firmly committed to staying in New York City, and we are confident that 9 MetroTech Center South will provide a superb new setting for our corporate headquarters," said Dr. Michael A. Stocker, CEO of Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

9 MetroTech Center will stand at the northwest corner of the intersection of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Myrtle Avenue. It will adjoin the headquarters of the New York City Fire Department located at 9 MetroTech Center North.

On Monday, November 19th, the City Planning Commission approved FCRC''s request for a minor modification to original plans for a 13-story, 532,000-square-foot building at the site in order to increase the building''s size to 19 stories and 670,000 square feet of rentable space. Brooklyn Community Board 2 voted to approve that modification at a November 14th meeting.

A typical floorplate for 9 MetroTech Center South will have 37,000 square feet of rentable space. FCRC is in discussion with other prospective tenants concerning leasing the remaining 347,780 square feet of space in the building, which was designed by the architectural firm of Cesar Pelli & Associates in cooperation with the firm of Swanke Hayden Connell.

FCRC is one of the most active developers of commercial property in New York City. Over the last 14 years, FCRC has completed projects in all five boroughs comprising some seven million square feet of office, retail, hotel and entertainment space, valued at some $1.7 billion. In addition to the $1 billion, 6.4-million-square-foot MetroTech Center, major FCRC projects include:

Atlantic Center, a 400,000-square-foot retail center in Downtown Brooklyn;

One Pierrepont Plaza, a 19-story office building which opened in 1988 and was the first new office building in Downtown Brooklyn in 25 years;

The New York Mercantile Exchange headquarters near the World Financial Center in Battery Park City;

A Hilton Hotel and a shopping and entertainment center on West 42nd Street in Manhattan; and

Neighborhood retail developments in Elmhurst and Woodside, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

FCRC also is the developer of the new headquarters building of The New York Times, which will be built on a site at Eighth Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets in Manhattan.

FCRC is an affiliate of Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB), a $4 billion NYSE-listed real estate company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Forest City Enterprises is principally engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition and management of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. Its portfolio includes interests in retail centers, apartment communities, office buildings and hotels, and its primary markets include Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond (Virginia), San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

January 6th, 2002, 12:02 PM
Do you know of any renderings since it changed to 19 stories?

Nice building, anyway, thanks for all these Brooklyn updates. *Here is an aerial of the area from Forest City Ratner Companies' website.


(Edited by MikeV at 12:05 pm on Jan. 6, 2002)

January 6th, 2002, 09:49 PM
Great aerial. That's the only rendering I have.