The mixed-use building at 85 Flatbush Avenue Extension has topped out, reaching its full height of 12 stories, although we don’t see the bulkhead for the mechanicals on the roof (depicted in the rendering) yet. Exterior cladding and windows have gone up in places, and the side that faces Tillary, above, is looking quite finished. The inside space, on the bottom floor at least, is still totally raw, though.

When we stopped by last weekend, workers were busy with a crane at the back of the building, on Duffield Street, presumably at work on the facade. The rendering posted on the construction fence said the project was supposed to wrap winter 2014.

Although plans have been in the works for the site since 2005, construction only started in 2013, following a change of owner and architect. It seems the architect has changed yet again, in fact: Permits show that Daniel Berstein of Kutnicki Berstein Architects is currently the architect of record, replacing Gene Kaufman, who replaced Ismael Leyva. Read Property Group is the developer, as previously reported.

When it’s done, the building will house 69 apartments, 171 hotel rooms, and ground-floor retail.

Click through to see a (previously published) rendering and lots more construction-site photos.

85 Flatbush Avenue Extension Coverage [Brownstoner]  GMAP


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Developer Jacob Toll gave us a tour of the nearly complete rentals at the Lewis Steel Building, which stretches a full block on North 4th Street between Wythe and Berry in Williamsburg. Construction at the former steel mill at 76 North 4th Street is 95 percent done, he said, and he expects the 83 luxury rentals, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, to hit the market in May. Asking rents for the Hustvedt Cutler-designed apartments will start around $3,000 for one-bedrooms, $3,500 for studios and $4,500 for two-bedrooms, according to Toll.

You can glimpse the building’s industrial past in the lobby and amenity areas, which still sport original brick, and the parking garage, which was one of the factory’s loading bays. Wood joists salvaged from the floor line the hallway ceilings every few feet, and several apartments feature original brick. The elevator shafts were converted to three one-bedrooms, and the elevator doors and brick were preserved in those units. Many apartments also have private terraces or roof access, and some of the ones on the top two floors have gas fireplaces. The largest (and priciest) unit is a 1,300-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bath duplex with a gas fireplace and roof access.

There will also be some nice retail: Blue Bottle Coffee, Steven Alan Home and bookseller McNally Jackson have all signed leases for ground floor retail in the building, as we reported earlier this month.

Click through to see the apartments!

Lewis Steel Building [MNS]
Lewis Steel Coverage [Brownstoner]
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Windows have gone in on the first several floors of Avalon Willoughby West, the 57-story tower rising at 100 Willoughby Street. The monolithic apartment building will surpass 388 Bridge Street as Brooklyn’s tallest high rise and bring 861 apartments to Downtown Brooklyn. It’s also sprouted very quickly, hitting about 35 stories so far. Eventually, the SLCE-designed tower will reach 595 feet. But it won’t remain the borough’s tallest tower for long. JDS and SHoP are planning a 775-foot tower at 345 340 Flatbush Avenue Extension (across from next to Junior’s), and a 674-foot tower is in the works next to City Point at 420 Albee Square, as YIMBY noted in the fall.

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The Meshberg Group-designed brick apartment building rising on a prominent corner in Williamsburg is looking close to done, on the exterior at least. The design of 291 Metropolitan Avenue, reminiscent of 19th century warehouses and Soho cast iron buildings, stands out among the glassy boxes of Williamsburg. Nonetheless, the design caught some flak for its balconies and brick veneer from Curbed commenters when the site published renderings of it in February.

Now those elements and others are in place, including arched windows, french doors and balconies. The back is completely bricked up and has windows on the top three floors. The first floor is still under construction.

Ultimately, the five-story development will have 27 apartments and a tiny 95-square-foot retail space on the ground floor. There will also be 15 parking spots, bike storage and a roof deck. Since the lot is L-shaped, the building fronts Metropolitan, Roebling and North 4th Streets, giving it an alternate address of 206 North 4th Street. It also curves around a three-story apartment building on the corner, whose owner evidently didn’t want to sell.

Meshberg has posted an interior rendering on its website. The developer is All Year Management, who snagged the prime property in 2012 for $4,000,000.

Click through to see more exterior shots and the interior rendering. What do you think of how it is turning out so far?

291 Metropolitan Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP



The construction of the building at 242 Bedford Avenue (aka 193 Berry Street) in Williamsburg, where Whole Foods will be located, seems to be going painfully slowly. But when we stopped by over the weekend, the steel frame had topped out.

It’s only two stories, and you can see the outline of the cube over the Bedford Avenue entrance, above. Last we visited in October, it was still only one story. Click through for more photos and previously published renderings of how the building will look once it’s done.

242 Bedford Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP



The two three-family houses going up on a previously empty lot next to Saratoga park have topped out, and workers were covering the sides with a dark gray brick veneer when we stopped by earlier this week. We were expecting a standard Fedders building, so this is a pleasant surprise. The semi-attached buildings are located at 838 and 840 Halsey Street, across from Bed Stuy Fish Fry. Click through for more photos of the front and back. What do you think of it so far?

Construction Starts at Empty Double Lot on Saratoga Park in Bed Stuy East [Brownstoner] (more…)


Five of the seven neo-Georgian townhouses under construction at 345-353 State Street in Boerum Hill are shrouded in scaffolding and fabric, but the finished brick veneer facade, windows, and cornices can be seen on two peeking out at right. This project was originally skedded to wrap in fall of 2014, according to the sign on the construction site. Click through for a closeup. (more…)

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Jackhammering erupted yesterday on Dean Street near Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, where workers are putting up a plywood fence around part of the old Nassau Brewery complex. Demolition applications were filed and approved but not yet issued in July for the brick building at 1048 Dean Street and the wood buildings at 1042 Dean Street and 1046 Dean Street. (The brick building is pictured to the right of the blue shed, above, and after the jump.)

As we’ve already reported, ODA is designing a glassy mixed-use building here that will be eight stories high with 120 units, including 20 percent affordable.

Click through to see another photo of the work yesterday and a rendering of the planned building.

608 Franklin Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


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Last week, we happened on a drawing posted on the fence at 27 Dodworth Street in Bushwick, where a four-story apartment building with a penthouse is rising. The development will have six units spread across 4,879 square feet of space, according to new building permits approved in July.

Five apartments will have balconies, and two duplexes will occupy the top two floors. It seems like the facade will be covered with brick on the upper floors and some other material on the ground level. The architect is Wu Chen of InFocus Design and Planning.  

So far, the first floor has gone up. Click through for a peek behind the fence. GMAP



The redesigned (and much improved) mixed-use building rising at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Boerum Place is now up to three stories of steel. As previously reported, the 11-story building at 60 Boerum Place will house 75 apartments on top of a three-story retail mall. Click through for another construction shot and to see a clearer shot of the previously published rendering.

Major Changes, Renderings, Walls Finally Rising at Busy Atlantic Avenue Corner [Brownstoner]  GMAP (more…)

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Northern Greenpoint is abuzz with construction projects big and small, from the Greenpoint Landing megaproject on the waterfront to small buildings on the side streets. We checked in at 62 Box Street (above), which has risen to three stories so far. Eventually, it will have six stories and six units spread across 7,348 square feet of residential space, per new building permits. The applicant of record is Roman Sorokko of Versatile Engineering. 

The design of the building is much better than the average small project in these parts, we think. Click through to see a previously published rendering from the construction fence. 



When we stopped by 265 State Street last week, workers were very busy putting in the rebar for the foundation for the forthcoming The Boerum hotel and condo. The big pit fronts Smith, State Street and Atlantic Schermerhorn Street in Boerum Hill. The name of the complex was all over the construction fence and the side of a neighboring building. Sales for the Flank-designed luxury condos launched last week, as we noted. Click through to see more construction shots. GMAP

265 State Street Coverage [Brownstoner]