BROOKLYN, NY-The Clarett Group has broken ground on its $85 million, 106-unit luxury condominium project Forte. The building, which is being built at 258 Ashland Place at Fulton Street, will be located in the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cultural District and hold the distinction of housing the only new luxury condos in the area, according to company executives.

The project has already broken ground and the first residents are slated to be able to move in this fall, according to David Perry of the Clarett Group. The 30-story building will house one-, two- and three-bedroom units, ranging from 707 sf for a studio loft and 1,435 sf for a three-bedroom, two-bath condo. The condos are selling for $500,000 to $1.3 million. More than half of the building consists of two-bedroom units and 65% of the condos cost less than $1 million.

The project is the first luxury condo in the BAM district, a fact that according to Perry has lead to a steady stream of interested residents. “We are seeing many people who currently live in the area in brownstones or other older buildings who are interested in living in new construction,” he says. “We are also seeing many customers coming from Manhattan to get more value for their money, to take advantage of living in the BAM Cultural District and to take advantage of the incredible views that Forté has to offer.”

Traffic is expected to increase in April, when the Clarett Group opens its on-site model homes, according to Perry.

The project features a landscaped plaza, fitness center, 24-hour doorman and a landscaped roof deck.

The Clarett Group, based out of New York City, focuses on residential and mixed-use developments in major cities. It has completed $245 million of developments, has $360 million under construction. Other projects the company is working on include the 191-unit condo project at 200 West End Ave. in Manhattan and the 139-condo building at 11 E. 29th St. also in Manhattan.

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