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Brooklyn’s MetroTech to get $50MM makeover, new name

MetroTech Center, the 1980s-era superblock of office towers and open space that is practically walled off from its Downtown Brooklyn location, is getting a new name and $50 million makeover.

According to the Architect’s Newspaper and other published reports, three of the 12 buildings at the newly christened “Brooklyn Commons” will get a facelift while its 3.5-acre privately owned, public green space now known as “Brooklyn Commons Park” will get new outdoor seating, better lighting and signage, new plantings and gardens in an attempt to better weave it into the surrounding neighborhood.

The announcement came this week from site owner Brookfield Properties, which purchased the complex from Forest City Realty Trust, the parent company of Forest City Ratner, in 2018.

The 23-story 1 MetroTech, the 10-story 2 MetroTech and the newer 19-story 15 MetroTech will each get new lobbies, outdoor terraces and updated ground-floor retail, according to the report.

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