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Two Trees has broken ground on the first building in the Domino Sugar complex, according to a press release we just received. It’s Site E, above, where the temporary Havemeyer Park was located, on the east side of Kent Avenue between South 3rd and South 4th streets. (Click through to see a rendering showing all the buildings.)

The 16-story building at 317 Kent Avenue will have 500 rental units, including 105 affordable units. It is expected to wrap in 2017. The developer also started rebuilding the waterfront pier, which will eventually house a five-acre public part, it said.

The reconstruction of the bulkhead and pier will take about 12 to 18 months. The James Corner Field Operations-designed park will include lawns, gardens, playing fields and better streets to make it easier to get to the waterfront. There will also be an elevated “artifact walk,” as previously reported, “modeled after the High Line,” with such finds as syrup tanks and cranes from the factory.

The SHoP-designed building will be clad in zinc and copper, with many terraces, a “dramatic courtyard,” views, and careful siting framed by pubic spaces, said the release. There will also be “small scale neighborhood” shops on the ground floors.

The affordable units will be aimed at residents earning 60 percent of the area median income, aka $33,560 to $50,340 for a family of four.

By the way, the now-closed pop-op Havemeyer Park will be relocated and open again somewhere on the Domino site this summer!

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We were amazed to see the spiffy new look at 156 Broadway when we happened by recently during a snowstorm. Brookland Capital has been remaking the dilapidated 19th century building, at one point a cabinet factory, for about two years.

The first three units, out of a total of eight, went on the market in late December. Then three more listings went up two weeks ago, and now two of the units are in contract.

The units are pricey, but they look good. They are all studios, but with unusual double-height ceilings and lofted bedrooms. The four units on the second floor have two levels and the four units on the top floor have three levels.

The firm does not typically develop in Williamsburg, where prices are among the highest in the borough. Brookland Capital purchased the building in 2012 for $2,650,000. The asks for the units range in price from $750,000 to $985,000.

Curbed wrote about the building when sales launched in December. Bel Air Design Group is the architect.

Click through to see what the building looked like before. What do you think about the transformation of the exterior?

156 Broadway, #3C [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
Condo Conversion of Long-Derelict South Williamsburg Building Almost Done [Brownstoner]

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YIMBY has posted renderings for three new Brooklyn projects yesterday, including another row of modern-style townhouses in Boerum Hill, pictured above. Ben Hansen Architect will design the five single-family homes at 73-79 Bond Street, each of which will be four stories and 5,600 square feet. It looks like the exteriors will feature light-colored brick, metal siding and large undivided windows — all elements of the architect’s own modern home nearby on State Street.

Next up are two modern apartment buildings in Williamsburg. The first is a jutting, angular structure planned for 308 North 7th Street, wrapping around Meeker Avenue to North 6th Street next to the BQE. Adam America is developing the six-story building, which will house 38 apartments. Designed by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects, the facade appears to be wrapped in a rust-colored material — YIMBY suggests Corten steel — and features triangular balconies. Looks a little post-apocalyptic to us.

And last but not least, there’s an updated rendering for the futuristic 13-story tower in the works at 190 South 1st Street. The ODA-designed project will house 32 apartments and a daycare center among its 39,000 square feet. We like all the balconies and the roof terrace on the second floor, above the day care.

What do you think of the designs?

Revealed: 390 State Street/73-79 Bond Street Townhouses, Boerum Hill [NYY]
First Look: 308 North 7th Street, Williamsburg [NYY]
New Look: 190 South 1st Street, 13-Story Williamsburg Project by ODA [NYY]
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The scaffolding has come down at 177 Harrison Avenue to reveal a nearly complete religious school in the Broadway Triangle area. The building, which will house Bais Ruchel High School for girls, is considerably more elaborate than the simple cement block apartment buildings common in the area, with big arched windows and bands of trim accenting red brick. It departs significantly from the rendering, however, which can be seen after the jump.

Congregation Y.G.S. at 174 Rodney Street is the owner. Mark Marisca is the architect, according to the new-building permit. The five-story building will have an auditorium on the top floor and a play area on the roof, according to the Schedule A.

What do you think of the look? GMAP

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Walking down Broadway in the snowstorm Saturday, we noticed a sleek new salon at 113 South 6th Street in Williamsburg. Opened in mid-December, according to its Facebook page, Whiteroom was started by two stylists from another Williamsburg salon, the now-closed Woodley and Bunny, according to Racked. The salon carries hard-to-find shampoos and related beauty products. Cuts start at $76 for men and $96 for women, and include a blow dry. GMAP

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Developer RedSky Capital plans to knock down the four buildings on Bedford for which it paid the record-breaking price of $40,000,000 and replace them with similarly sized buildings that will be retail-only. We suppose this marks the next evolutionary step in Bedford Avenue or Brooklyn real estate, since in most of the borough residential is the most profitable use for a site.

Renderings of the buildings planned to replace restaurant Tai Thai and clothing store PinkyOtto at 204-206 Bedford, above, and bar Spike Hill at 184-186 Bedford, next to Dunkin’ Donuts, after the jump, show identical facades with arch-topped windows in two bays, although a story in The Wall Street Journal said RedSky is entertaining several possible designs.

The developer plans to get anchor tenants on board before construction begins and is already talking to retailers. The site at 184-186 Bedford will be two stories with 9,600 square feet of store space “on three levels,” according to the Journal, so perhaps that includes the cellar. The site at 204-206 Bedford Avenue will also have three levels and 11,250 square feet of shops.

RedSky wants $400 a square foot for the street level spaces and $125 a square foot for the second floors. Further down Bedford at No. 247, where Apple has signed on as the anchor tenant, RedSky is also converting a mixed-use building to retail only.

Anyone want to bet on whether RedSky will scoop up the Salvation Army site across from Dunkin’ Donuts?

RedSky Investment Gives Retail a Lift [WSJ]
Developer Pays Three Times Record for Williamsburg Commercial Sites [Brownstoner]
Rendering above by Meshberg Group via Racked; rendering below via RedSky via Crain’s

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This may look like a renovation of an existing building, but in fact it is a brand new townhouse going up at 112 South 1st Street in South Williamsburg. The project is one of at least 10 new townhouses in three developments going up in this neck of the woods, according to the tipster who sent us these photos.

(The others include one across the street on what is now a parking lot and the Meshberg and Wythe Lane projects, which we’ll continue to cover as construction progresses.)

This one is designed by architect Steven Kratchman. It will house one family over four floors, according to permits. There will be parking on the ground floor, and the addition visible on the roof is only a bulkhead for the stair, according to the Schedule A.

Click through to see a rendering. The proportions and the garage door design look nice to us. It replaced a one-story garage. What do you think of it? GMAP

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Exposed brick, big windows and lots of open space — this loft in a converted warehouse next to the Williamsburg Bridge seems pretty authentic. The kitchen and bathroom could be improved, and there’s only one small closet, but it’s a lot more space than you’d typically find in a new-construction rental in Williamsburg. The listing claims the studio is 1,100 square feet!

But we can think of one caveat: it’s right across the street from the Domino Sugar site, where Two Trees will be building for the foreseeable future. Construction is also happening next door at 331 Kent. What are your thoughts on it for $3,500 a month?

337 Kent Avenue, #5 [Ideal Properties] GMAP

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$1,149,000 for an 879-square-foot one-bedroom in South Williamsburg sounds like a tall order but this condo in the Smith Gray building has very high ceilings and lots of original lofty details that put it in a different class than your average cookie-cutter condo. Plus, for as long as the J-51 tax abatement is in effect, the monthly expenses are just $525. Still, $1,300-plus a square foot on Broadway? Time will tell.

138 Broadway, #2D [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP

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When the Williamsburg waterfront was rezoned over a decade ago, the city promised a 28-acre park that would include what is now the burnt-out remains of the CitiStorage warehouse at North 11th and Kent Avenue. But so far, the city has not delivered, and Bushwick Inlet Park today is but a fraction of what was promised. As numerous media outlets have detailed in recent days following the fire, local residents and community activists now fear the CitiStorage owner will sell to a private developer to put up condos.

The Open Space Alliance is hosting a meeting tonight for anyone who would like to organize in support of the park. It’ll take place at 7 pm at El Puente at 211 South 4th Street.

Buswhick Inlet Park Coverage [Brownstoner]
Photo via Gothamist

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After selling for $5,000,000 in 2012, the old bakery-turned-artist-loft at 331-333 Kent Avenue is going to be developed into a huge gallery space with apartments, most likely condos. NY YIMBY obtained renderings for the planned expansion, details of which were recently disapproved at the building department.

As longtime readers may recall, artist Cosimo Cavallaro hoped to turn the gigantic industrial space into an 11-story luxury condo called Punctilio back in 2004. Well, that didn’t pan out, and now the mysterious new owner (hidden behind an LLC) has other plans.

The first two floors will house a cafe, reception and art gallery over 7,805 square feet, according to the Schedule A. A two-story addition is planned, which will house two duplex apartments with terraces over 4,663 square feet. Sounds sweet.

This is just north of the Williamsburg bridge and also across and down the street from the three landmarked Domino sugar factory buildings at 292-314 Kent.

We like all of the design, especially the elegant modern addition, but we think it would be even better if the original building were restored, arched brick windows and all. Click through to see the building as it appeared in 2010 and over to YIMBY to see three more renderings of the new design. The architect is Diad Architecture. What do you think of the plans?

Rendering by Diad Architecture via NYY; photo by Douglas Elliman

Revealed: 333 Kent Avenue [NYY]
Williamsburg Mansion Sells for $5 Million [Brownstoner] GMAP

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This simple brick Italianate building at 271 Berry Street in Williamsburg looks worth restoring to us, although it will take a bit of work. It has retained more of its historic features than most we see in the area, and appears to be in move-in condition. Notably, it also has a separate garage.

There are old-style entry doors, including an interior set with etched glass, original crown moldings in the entry and front parlor, the original staircase with turned newel post and coffin niche, later 19th century and Edwardian plaster moldings and paneling in other rooms, and built-ins in the garden-floor kitchen. The exterior looks to be in good shape, and there is a separate garage.

There is linoleum throughout and dropped ceilings on the top floor; we’re guessing the plumbing and electrical could use an upgrade, although the boiler is new. The missing mantels and long parlor windows would also benefit from restoration.

It’s set up as a rental over a duplex. If a buyer wanted to flip that configuration, a parlor level kitchen could fit where the “office” is now.

We think the location between the L and J lines is convenient, especially considering the garage, although some might disagree.

What do you think of it and the price tag of $2,200,000?

271 Berry Street [Citi Habitats] GMAP