Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Rachel Loeb and JEMB Realty Corporation celebrated the opening of 1 Willoughby Square, Downtown Brooklyn’s tallest commercial office tower and the first office tower since the 2004 Downtown Brooklyn rezoning.
“The opening of One Willoughby marks a huge turning point in our recovery,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Over a year ago, as the city shut down to save lives, we could have only dreamed of celebrating the opening of a brand-new office tower. One Willoughby shows how the City can successfully work in partnership with communities and the private sector to create jobs and further New York City’s recovery.”
One Willoughby features office space, retail, and a public school. The 34-story, 500,000 s/f tower was designed by FXCollaborative, which is also the anchor tenant, with three full floors totaling 40,000 s/f. FXCollaborative will move into the building this summer, after 40 years in their Manhattan office. Their 100 employees will bring an additional customer base to the local businesses in Downtown Brooklyn.
The building’s lobby features 30 foot ceiling heights with floor-to-ceiling glass, as well as a state-of-the-art touchless entry sequence and high end finishes. In addition, 1 Willoughby Square will have a tenant lounge, conferencing facilities, communal outdoor space as well as a separate entrance off the neighboring park, 250 bike parking spots, locker rooms and showers. The office building will accommodate tenants of all sizes offering full floor or multi-floor offices.
“1 Willoughby Square will set a new standard for commercial office space in Brooklyn, offering the best-in-class architecture, design, open space and amenities that leading companies are searching for,” said Morris Bailey, Founder and Chairman of the Board of JEMB Realty. “As Downtown Brooklyn continues its growth, we’re excited to be working with the EDC to bring the area back to life and create a vibrant destination for those who live, work and visit the area.”
“Brooklyn is back, and the opening of JEMB’s 1 Willoughby Square is concrete proof of that fact. As the tallest new office tower in Brooklyn – which will also provide 300 elementary school seats to our growing population of families – the project could not have launched at a better time,” said Regina Myer, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
“The city is in turbo-recovery mode, Downtown Brooklyn workers and shoppers are back, the Brooklyn Cultural District is reopening, and to top it all off, we expect construction of a long-awaited acre of open space right next door to commence soon. 1 Willoughby Square is a fantastic addition to Downtown Brooklyn.”