Wheeler Building's upwardview.

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NEW YORK CITY-  TheWhittle School & Studios has entered a 20-year,620,000-square-foot lease with Tishman Speyer at The Wheeler inDowntown Brooklyn. This is the third location the global schoolcompany is opening, offering a K-12curriculum. 

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"We are pleased to provide theWhittle School with a dynamic new campus in the heart of DowntownBrooklyn," Tishman Speyer CEO Rob Speyer said in a preparedstatement. "With its seamless blend of old and new construction andinnovative outdoor spaces, The Wheeler is an ideal setting for aworld-class education."

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The 620-square-foot lease is for the entirety of The Wheeler, Tishman Speyer's newlycompleted 10-story tower that sits on top of Macy's renovatedDowntown Brooklyn department store. The school will have adedicated entrance on Livingston Street. 

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Whittle Studios expects to openan early learning program later this year, followed by its fullK-12 offering in September 2021. In 2019, the Whittle Schoolestablished its first two locations in Washington, DC and Shenzhen,China. 

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In 2015, Tishman Speyer andMacy's teamed up to birth The Wheeler, a development partnershipbetween both of the entities to construct a modern 10-story glassand steel tower that'd reimagine the historic Downtown Brooklynstore.

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Macy's approached Tishman Speyerto help redesign and renovate the property.  As part ofthis process, the prominent retailer consolidated its operationsinto the first four shopping floors and lower levels of its mainArt Deco building built in 1930 and an interconnected cast-ironstructure built by developer Andrew Wheeler in the1870s. 

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Tishman Speyer led the effort,careful to preserve and restore the Wheeler building's Mansard roofand cast-iron façade, which required the disassembly of the entirefaçade for off-site renovation and repairs. Once restored, thefaçade was then returned to the site and re-assembled piece bypiece in its original location.  The joint venture alsopreserved and restored the Art Deco masonry façade and thedistinctive terrace railings of the original Macy'sbuilding.

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Shimoda Design Group, theproject's design architect, worked with Tishman Speyer to alsopreserve all of the building's original setbacks and incorporated anumber of additional setbacks into the new construction for outdoorspaces spread across eight setbacks and a roof deck withunobstructed views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, LowerManhattan and New York harbor.

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Adjacent to the developmentproject is Tishman Speyer's 480-unit condominium tower at 11 Hoyt,on the plot of land where Macy's parking lot wassituated.

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Mariah Brown

Mariah Brown is the New York Bureau Chief and Real Estate Reporter for GlobeSt.com, covering the New York Metro area, Northeast region and national real estate trends. She is responsible for producing multi-media content, including articles, podcasts and video. Before joining the GlobeSt team, she served as a New York Times fellow, reported for the Associated Press in New York and Philadelphia and several other New York City-based outlets.