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Construction has been moving quickly at 626 Flatbush Avenue since a judge lifted a temporary restraining order in June. About 12 stories have risen so far at the building, which will be 23 stories when complete.

The as-of-right development by Hudson Companies will have 254 rental units — 51 of them, or about 20 percent, will be affordable. The project will have 250,000 square feet of space, including about 4,000 square feet of retail. The project is expected to be completed in early 2016. Click through to see a rendering.

626 Flatbush Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by Marvel Architects

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The old one-story Liberty Department Stores building that stood at 774-776 Grand Street for decades came down this summer, and construction has started on the foundation of what could be a game-changing building for this East Williamsburg corner.

The Meshberg Group-designed building will resemble a 19th century department store, with its tiers of large windows and arched openings at the top. But in fact the eight story building will offer a mix of retail and residential, with 64 apartments.

It is likely to be one of the taller buildings around in the mostly low-rise neighborhood, where three story row houses and four and five story apartment buildings give way to one and two story industrial buildings on the other side of Bushwick Avenue. With its large, factory-style windows and brick facade, the building looks like it will fit in well with the neighborhood’s existing buildings, unlike much of the rest of the new development Williamsburg.

When completed, the 82,000 square foot building will have an 800-square-foot fitness room on the second floor and a 3,500-square-foot roof deck.

Liberty Department Stores and adjoining properties were purchased last year by Jeff Kurtz of Kamson Corp. and Dean Marchi of Grand Street Development for $14,200,000 according to the Wall Street Journal. Meshberg Group is designing the exterior and interior, although Gene Kaufman is the architect of record on building permits.

Construction will wrap in fall 2015, according to a sign at the construction site.

More photos and a rendering after the jump. What do you think of the design?

Let’s Look at the New Rendering for East Williamsburg’s 774 Grand Street [Buzz Buzz Home]
Mixed Use Development for East Williamsburg [WSJ]
Rendering by Gene Kaufman Architect GMAP



When we stopped by the Whole Foods site at 242 Bedford Avenue (or 193 Berry Street) over the weekend, they appeared to be working on the foundation. Not much seems to have changed since we stopped by in August, although we didn’t write a story at the time. Work seems to be progressing slowly at the site, although it doesn’t appear to be stalled.

The building is owned by Midtown Equities, Alex Adjmi and Aurora Capital Associates.

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Contracts have been signed at seven of the eight condos at 440 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, which are still under construction after hitting the market five months ago. Developer and architect Alex Barrett, of Barrett Design and Development, sent us these photos of Unit 3A, a two-bedroom, two-bath asking $1,300,000 and the only apartment still left on the market. A business has also signed a contract for the ground floor commercial space, but we don’t know who it is yet. Construction began last year on the six-story building, which replaced two decaying townhouses, and is expected to finish by the end of the year.

The modern and industrial condos are made out of cast-in-place concrete over steel deck, and feature wide plank white oak floors, powder-coated steel cabinetry and private basement storage. Click through to see more construction shots.

440 Atlantic Avenue [Official]
440 Atlantic Avenue, #3A [Corcoran]
440 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]


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A Stop Work Order has been issued at this Bed-Stuy construction site at 726 Monroe Street on Friday because neighbors complained that an excavator had smashed into their building. One neighbor told NY1, “the lady told me that the whole wall shook. She came downstairs and said the building is smashed. So I went upstairs, the whole wall is smashed in. It took the whole sheet rock and pushed it all in.” According to NY1, when authorities arrived the excavator was leaning against the building. (more…)


This weekend we caught the Kara Walker exhibit in the otherwise empty landmarked Domino factory in Williamsburg — already an active construction site, according to the waiver we had to sign to get into the free exhibit. The room smelled of molasses. The show will be up through July 6. Has anyone else checked it out? Click through to the jump for lots of photos. (more…)


Last time we checked in at the big mixed-use building going up on Myrtle Avenue between Hall and Grand in Clinton Hill, the Associated grocery store had been razed and they were preparing to start work on the foundation. Now the foundation has been dug, and the exterior and interior foundation walls are going up, reinforced by rebar.

Foundation Work Begins at Old Associated Site on Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner] GMAP


It’s a little tricky to make out what’s going on behind the scaffolding at 344 St. Marks Place, but it looks like interior demo and structural work is progressing, while work on the two-story addition has not yet started. As previously reported, this former two-story billiards factory is slated to be enlarged with two more stories and converted into 44 apartments, designed by S3 Architects.

The property goes all the way through the block, and the above shot shows the rear, at 363-371 Prospect Place. An Alt 1 permit for the project was approved in December 2012.

Renderings for Residential Conversion on St. Marks [Brownstoner] GMAP


A reader sent in this photo showing the progression of three big downtown developments. In the far left corner, steel is rising at the Oro 2 at 313 Gold Street. In the middle, the Hampton Inn on Tillary is now shrouded in netting. In the foreground, at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Tillary, workers are digging the foundation for an as-yet-unnamed hotel and residential building located at 85 Flatbush Avenue Extension. GMAP


A tipster sent in these photos of the garden being constructed on the roof of Whole Foods in Gowanus at the corner of 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue. Gotham Greens will operate the garden. That’s the historic Coignet building in the left corner of the photo after the jump. The store will open before the end of the year, according to the company.

Whole Foods Hiring, to Open Before End of Year [Brownstoner]
Photos by funstraw (more…)

We stopped by 22-36 Caton Place in Kensington, where construction was slated to begin in July. We spotted some rebar sticking out of the ground and a little digging. Looks like they’re starting to excavate for the basement. A tall blue plywood construction fence has gone up and equipment is in place. Developers Hudson Companies are planning a seven-story, 73-unit apartment building with a basement parking lot, a gym, children’s playroom and backyard gardens. The building will also feature a rooftop terrace with grills. Check out our previous posts to see the renderings for this building, which is directly across the street from the recently re-started development at 23 Caton. GMAP

22 Caton Place [Hudson]
Checking in at 22 Caton Place [Brownstoner]
Renderings for 22 Caton Place [Brownstoner]
Checking in at 23 Caton Place [Brownstoner]