Windows and Facade Installed at Big Brick Build Next to Oosten in South Williamsburg

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The huge eight-building development rising at 431 Kent Avenue in Hasidic Williamsburg has gotten a red brick facade and windows. The complex will have 188 units, 227 underground parking spaces, 81 bike storage spaces, and 48 above ground parking spaces, as we reported in March.

Next door at 429 Kent, the Beijing-based XIN Development is installing the foundation and first floor of The Oosten, a pricey Dutch-designed condo project. In an interesting twist, XIN has agreed to alter certain features of the development out of respect for the Hasidim who will likely live in 431 Kent. A swimming pool planned for the Oosten’s roof has been moved to the basement, according to the Brooklyn Eagle. And a stair corridor and elevator bank will be installed on the roof deck in such a way to make the deck less visible from 431 Kent. However, the Piet Boon-designed development will still feature a decorative reflecting pool on the roof. The Oosten’s condos will have tinted window glazing, making it harder for neighbors to see inside.

The developer also agreed not to do construction on Saturdays (Shabbos), and to limit work on Jewish holidays that fall on weekends.

When it’s finished, the building will have 201 condos and 15 townhouses. Pricing will start at $600,000 for condos, and townhouses will range from $3,300,000 to $6,600,000, according to the Eagle.

Here’s what the Oosten looks like so far:

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Huge Eight-Building Development Rises on Kent Avenue in South Williamsburg [Brownstoner]
Oosten Coverage [Brownstoner]

6 Comment

  • Rank Stranger

    Yuck. Does it get uglier than this?

  • “A swimming pool planned for the Oosten’s roof has been moved to the basement, according to the Brooklyn Eagle. And a stair corridor and elevator bank will be installed on the roof deck in such a way to make the deck less visible from 431 Kent.”

    Ridiculous.

    • What an obscene request to even make of a builder. They must have plans to make life for the new occupants miserable if the builder did not abide by their requests.

  • I wonder if 431 Kent will be condo or rentals. Based on the very basic appearance of the building, I’d assume that the new apartments will be “affordable” and certainly much cheaper than those being offered at the Oosten. If I’m priced out of Oosten, what’s to stop me from buying/renting at 431 Kent? I’m willing to walk up the stairs on the sabbath and Jewish holidays and dress modestly while in the common areas.