Developer Est4te Four has revealed some new renderings for their warehouse conversion at 160 Imlay Street in Red Hook with a new teaser site, which was first spotted by BuzzBuzz Home. Sales for the 70-unit mixed-use building will begin January 1, according to the building site.
Construction is expected to take 18 to 24 months, as we’ve previously reported. The former New York Dock building, whose makeover is being designed by Adjmi and Andreoli, will have art studios and units starting at $500,000. The developers plan to market their “affordable” apartments to artists and other creative type. It will also have parking, storage, a gym and commercial space on the ground floor. The same developer is planning another warehouse conversion nearby at 202 Coffey Street, which will have artists studios and gallery space.
What do you think of the adaptation? More renderings after the jump!
An old factory at 80 Richards Street in Red Hook will soon become an office building with possible commercial space, according to brokers marketing the property. The massive six-story building has 50,000 square feet on the ground floor and 20,000 on each of the upper floors, and a rooftop that could become a cafe. An outfit called HH Equities bought the 134,000-square-foot factory in 2003 for $9,000,000, according to PropertyShark. The owners are offering a variety of concessions to attract potential tenants, including one year free rent, building the space to suit, etc. Commercial Acquisitions Realty, which is marketing the building for lease, tells us the owners hope to host “business corporations, young entrepreneurs, artists and fashion and media companies.” Construction is expected to begin in the next month.
Alexandros Washburn, the head urban designer for the New York City Department of City Planning, renovated his Red Hook row house with some innovations other city dwellers could make use of, including anti-flood devices. He kept the original staircase, but added an open, overhead flight of stairs to the top story that serves as a design element and lets in light from the roof, The New York Times reported in a profile of the house and its owners. The thick kitchen counters are made from joists salvaged during the renovation. Exposed brick and persian carpets, from his mother, who grew up in Istanbul, are strong design elements throughout the house.
“Mr. Washburn bought the three-story house in 2007, for $800,000, and spent another $500,000 renovating it,” said the Times. “Six years later, he is nearly finished, except for the ground floor, which was three feet deep in water during the hurricane.”
Right now, he and his family live on the upper floors, in case of flooding, but he would like to rent out the ground-level retail space. Toward that end, he is working on a system to keep water out of his house and his neighbor’s house during the next flood. If it works, hopes to get the DOB to approve it. (more…)
A 4,740-square-foot property with a two-story garage and a vacant lot in Red Hook is slated to become a live/work space, according to Realty Collective, which handled its recent sale. The buyers, New York magazine and Vanity Fair writer Vanessa Grigoriadis and designer and builder Craig Maldonado, paid $1,215,000, $85,000 less than the original ask of $1,300,000. The deal closed October 7 and has not yet hit public records.
Finally, some movement at the long-rumored conversion of an empty warehouse on Imlay Street in Red Hook — and it’s going to be condos after all, aimed at artists. Developer Est4te Four plans to break ground next month on a condo conversion at the former New York Dock building at 160 Imlay Street, according to DNAinfo. The luxury developer plans to market their “affordable” apartments to artists, models and other creative types — possibly as soon as next month. An anonymous source told DNAinfo last year that units will start around $500,000. The Los Angeles-based firm bought the century-old Imlay Street building for $25,000,000 and a red-brick warehouse nearby at 202 Coffey Street for $11,800,000 in 2012. Construction is expected to last between 18 and 24 months at Imlay Street and about a year at Coffey Street, where construction is scheduled to start by the end of the year.
Architecture firm Adjmi and Andreoli is overseeing both projects. At Imlay Street, they filed a disapproved plan application in May for 69 residential units, a rooftop pool and an enclosed parking lot with 44 spaces, totaling 37,942 square feet of residential space. Although the developer had previously said the Imlay Street building would have commercial space on the first two floors and a restaurant and grocery store on the ground level, the current plans don’t show any commercial space. Meanwhile, the Coffey Street development will hold five studios and exhibition spaces and one or two open air courtyards, DNAinfo reported.
Superstorm Sandy hasn’t dampened gentrification in Red Hook a bit, according to a story in the New York Post. It cites several properties on the market asking between $1,995,000 and $2,495,000 as proof — though they haven’t sold yet. As for closed sales, a couple recently transplanted from Soho paid $1,300,000 for a three-story house remodeled by Red Hook-based architect Thomas Warnke. The big mixed-use condo project at 160 Imlay Street, designed by Brooklyn architects Adjmi & Andreoli, will break ground in the next two months.
The Post attributed the appeal of the area to its “small town” feel, “cute boutiques” and places to eat that rival Manhattan’s. OTOH, “unlike Manhattan, it sorely lacks public transportation and can feel desolate in the winter. But a bike path that will stretch from Greenpoint to Fairway promises to help.” So does placing heating mechanicals on upper floors, as do households mentioned in the story. “Red Hook, with its factories and low density, feels like what SoHo used to be,” said newcomer Brent Richardson.
Fleisher’s Grassfed and Organic Meats, the Kingston, N.Y., butcher that opened a Park Slope store in 2001, has opened a processing plant in Red Hook. At the facility, according to an email blast sent out today, they’ll be cutting the meat, making more sausage, and working on a larger line of frozen items. Unfortunately they will not sell meat out of this location, whose address was not mentioned in the email. However, having this extra space allows Fleisher’s to offer more butcher training classes and host the occasional event. They currently offer a Butchery 101 class and a Butcher Training Program; the Park Slope store is located at 192 5th Avenue.
This Red Hook townhouse has an inviting, open living area on the parlor floor thanks to its 25-foot width and the partial demolition of the wall that usually divides the rooms from the hallway. It has a few nice touches — a space-saving central staircase, a remodeled kitchen, and some effort put into making the best of the tight squeeze in the rear garden. But the upstairs remains a mystery — there are no photos; also, the home has hot water baseboard heaters, and if there were ever any historic details in this house they are long gone. What do you think? Is this 2,000 square-foot home worth the $1,210,000 ask?
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, and Parsons New School for Design just announced the winners to a design competition they sponsored called Timber in the City. As Curbed noted earlier today, the competition asked architecture students to create a mixed-use development with wood technologies for a site in Red Hook. The site in question is the bus parking lot across Beard Street from the IKEA. According to Curbed, “Designs had to use wood as the primary building material, and they had to include affordable housing, a bike share shop, a wood production facility that could produce materials for buildings, and a smaller digital wood fabrication warehouse and learning center.” Above is the winning design, dubbed Grow Your Own City, from students at the University of Oregon. The plan includes low-rise buildings that house apartments, a restaurant, and bike shop, as well as one higher tower. They also designed an eco public park that the development is built around. The construction is of modular pods made of CLT panels; CLT is a fire-resistant engineered wood building material. To see the second place winner, check out the Curbed post. See all the honorable mentions at the official Timber in the City site.
Like the ruins of a forgotten civilization, the industrial parts of Red Hook rise up out of the modern city. There’s enough left to give us an idea of what the area looked like, but so much is now gone, and we have to rely on drawings and photographs to see what we are really missing. It was an amazing place in many ways. First of all, the Brooklyn waterfront, from Brooklyn Heights on down to Sunset Park, once contained more shipping and warehouse space than any part of the metropolitan area. Manhattan’s piers were overcrowded and busy, but Brooklyn’s piers were like a vast anthill of activity, unlike anything anyone had ever seen.
In its heyday, between 1850 and 1950, Brooklyn’s waterfront was humming with all kinds of industry. Cargo ships were unloading goods from all over the world, while barges from the Erie Canal were off-loading produce, grains, and natural resources from the Midwest, upper New York State and Canada. Warehouses were stuffed with all kinds of goods; lumber, grains, coffee, raw cotton, leather, foodstuffs, and countless other products, while the Red Hook streets were home to factories that produced everything from Vaseline to cigarettes to mattresses and wire. Plus Red Hook’s piers were also home to a burgeoning dry dock ship building and repair industry. (more…)
Big time Red Hook landlord John Quadrozzi Jr. put together a new lease for future tenants of the Gowanus Bay Terminal and, in addition to the expected clauses, he’s added three new requirements. Crain’s reported that these new requirements include tenants prioritizing local hiring, implementing sustainable practices, and supporting neighborhood and industrial advocacy initiatives. As Quadrozzi told Crain’s, “As I see much of the industrial areas around the city disappear, it’s a lack of connection between the industry and community… We need to operate in a more holistic way and make the community part of our business.” Under this new lease, tenants looking to hire can submit a job request form that will look for qualified candidates in the neighborhood. (Red Hook’s unemployment rate was 23 percent in 2010, according to the census.) Currently Quadrozzi leases to about 30 medium and small tenants at the GBX, many of which are in support of the new leasing initiatives. Brooklyn Landlord Offers Unusual Lease Terms [Crain's]