Forté

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230 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY

Forté
Forte-NY-Exterior.jpg

Exterior of Forté
Building Information
Developer Clarett Group
Architect FXFowle Architects
Management Company Halstead Management
Number of Units 108
Number of Floors 30
Year Built 2007
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning C6-4
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Exterior of Forte


On the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge, Forté is a high rise building of condominium residences offering easy access to Flatbrush Avenue which leads to the Manhattan Bridge and back to the downtown core. The 30 story building is best known for its striking presence in an area that is largely populated by low rise dwellings. The 2007 completion was unveiled by developer Clarett Group, and continues to be a well maintained, full service, luxury condominium building.

Forté has a striking architectural design, by FXFowle Architects, that resembles an iron or triangular shape. The front of the building - the point of the triangular shape - is oriented towards the corner of Ashland Place and Fulton Street, and the exterior entrance offers a public, landscaped plaza.

Amenities offered at the Forté residences include a 24 hour concierge with cold storage for grocery delivery, a fitness center, and a furnished rooftop lounge with views of downtown Manhattan and beyond. The building is also subject to a 15 year 421-A tax abatement that expires in 2023. The Tax Abatement Program offers partial relief of taxes to owners of Residential Class 2 properties (condominiums). The benefits of the tax abatement varies depending on the particular building, but most new developments only offer a 10 year length on their tax abatement.

The building is not considered to be a particularly affordable choice for the younger demographic to own, but has attracted investor purchasers because of the building's potential for high income rentals. After its completion, the building was turned over by the developer to the lender in 2010; prices were reduced until the building was sold out.[1]

Location

Forté is located in the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn, at the center of the recently developed Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Cultural District. This district is a residential and educational project centered around the BAM, with many theaters and new residential high rises being developed. The area is considered to be one of the most visionary centers for arts in the world. Recently completed cultural projects include the BAM Fisher theater, which was completed in the fall of 2012 and the Theater for a New Audience will open in the summer of 2013. The "microhood" of BAM Cultural District will soon include three mixed use residential buildings, set for completion in November 2013.

Situated directly behind the building on the other side of the block are landmarks like Long Island University, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, and Fort Greene Park. Other outdoor attractions in the area include Brooklyn Bears Rockwell Plaza Garden, Fowler Square, and the Fort Greene Historic District on Oxford Street just an eight minute walk from Forté.

The area is considered to be a "rider's paradise" for public transportation routes, with 15 bus stations and 21 train stations in the nearby vicinity. Zipcar and Citi Bike share programs are also located within walking distance. The nearest coffee house is Caffe Vino, which is located one block north on DeKalb Avenue. Many restaurants and grocery stores are also within walking distance.[2]


Construction

The Clarett Group erected the concrete 30 story Forté building in 2007, after two years of construction. The Clarett Group is well known for their work at the Brooklyner, which is a rental building they completed in partnering with architects Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel in 2009. It is the tallest building in Brooklyn.

Bovis Lend Lease was in charge of the construction of Forté, during which they established a building that would later be referred to as Brooklyn's Flatiron Building. The building got the name due to its triangular design, which is emphasized when viewed from the South. One of its "long legs" actually has two sections.

The building offers a streamlined Art Deco architectural style, with a façade that is made up almost entirely of glass, with concrete components that offer visual compartmentalization, distinguishing separate floors and spaces. The building has mechanical spaces on the roof, but appears to have a flat roof from street level. The exterior color scheme is white and gray, and the building offers commercial spaces at its base.

The nearby buildings of One Hanson Place and DKLB BKLN offer a high rise trio in the Brooklyn skyline.[3]

Layout and Features

One to three bedroom layouts are offered at Forté, many with unobstructed panoramic views of the water and downtown Manhattan. Because of the "flat iron" shape of the building, many of the residences at the south end of the building offer unique floor plans with rounded living spaces and wrap-around windows for additional light and maximization of the views.

Other floor plan features include angled master bedrooms, long entrance foyers, curved or corner living rooms, and angled or open kitchens.

Interior features include custom kitchens with white laquer cabinetry, GE stainless steel refrigerators, gas ranges and hoods, and in-sink garbage disposal. The bathrooms feature Kohler fixtures, above vanity lighting and recessed lighting that work on dimmers. Some of the bathrooms in the residences have been upgraded with Vigo vanities. Each residences offers stacked GE washers and dryers and custom built transFORM closets.

Only four residences are found on each of the floors, offering a feeling of privacy and exclusivity to the residents. Above standard ceiling heights are also offered along with marble master bathrooms, central air conditioning, and high-speed internet.[4]

Floor Plans

82 floor plans are available. Here is a brief overview.

Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Roof Patio & Garden
  • Fitness Center

Bylaws

Forté Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Forté is a pet-friendly building.
  • Rentals are allowed in the building, offering high rental income.
  • There are no age restrictions placed on ownership.


Sustainability

Large windows at Forté are double pane for high energy efficiency and let in plenty of light to allow residents daytime energy savings. Energy Star rated appliances and light fixtures in each of the units also work together to create a sustainable building as a whole. Many nearby amenities and public transportation routes cut back on the necessity for car travel; when car travel is necessary, nearby car and bike share programs offer eco-friendly options.

Trivia

Fort Green Park's Prison Ships Martyrs' Monument

Located directly behind the Forté building is a monumental park, Fort Greene Park.

The park encompasses a land size of 30.2 acres and offers historic value as it consists of part of the grounds that were used during the American Revolutionary War. Fort Greene is where the Continental Army built fortifications prior to the Battle of Long Island. Originally named Fort Putnam, the park was renamed during the War of 1812, when the land was again occupied for defense. The park was named Fort Greene in General Nathanael Greene's honor.

After the war, Fort Greene became Brooklyn's first park in 1847, under the name of Washington Park. In 1867, the designers of Central Park and Prospect Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, came together with a redesign of the park and in 1896 the name was changed back to Fort Greene.

The park holds a historic monument of the Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument, which signifies a time during the Revolutionary War when American prisoners where held in ships at Wallabout Bay. 11,500 American prisoners died from disease and starvation during this time. The monument was designed by Olmsted and Vaux, which still holds a crypt with the prisoner's remains, which were put there in 1873. The monument is a 149 foot tall high granite Doric column over the crypt, which was unveiled in 1908.[5]


References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Walk Score
  3. City Realty
  4. New York Times
  5. Wikipedia


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