So, is 461 Dean Street (aka B2) really 322 feet tall, as stated in the developer's public presentation (excerpt at right), in Department of Buildings filings, and as listed in the Maximum Heights document prepared by Empire State Development, the state authority overseeing/shepherding the project?
The height is defined--as is typical--as the "maximum height of the last occupiable floor." So the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat lists the building height as 359 feet, which is 37 feet taller than the official height. That's 11.5% taller.
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top floor is 322'; click to enlarge
According to the project's Design Guidelines, "Rooftop mechanical equipment and elevator and stair bulkheads may exceed the maximum building heights" as long as they're set back from the street at least ten feet, do not exceed 20% of the building's lot coverage, and add more than 40 feet of height.
That may be typical in the city, but it also further challenges the developer's claim that the buildings are somehow "nestled" into the neighborhood.
After all, as shown in this Instagram view from September, excerpted below, 461 Dean represents an abrupt change from the streetscape to the southeast in Prospect Heights.
What it means
Because 461 Dean is some 360 feet in height, the 360-degree view produced by the developer in the photo below, from the building web site, is rather misleading.
First, views from 461 Dean will vary according to floor. And no one is going to get a view from the top of the mechanicals, which makes Atlantic Terminal 4B, the 310-foot public housing tower at left, look tiny.