The City Planning Commission yesterday greenlighted Two Trees’ proposal for development of the Domino complex in Williamsburg, The New York Daily News reported. While there were no additional changes beyond what the Mayor and Two Trees negotiated earlier this week, it was no rubber-stamp step in the land use review process either.
If the City Planning Commission disapproves something, that can kill the proposal. Sometimes a yes vote from City Planning is enough to finalize a project. In this case, the development proposal will go to the City Council for review.
Now The New York Post is speculating the City Council could kill the deal if it pressures Two Trees to agree to new demands from labor that every worker on the site be unionized.
Over the weekend, we noticed La Nonna had opened a fancy new outpost at 184 Kent Avenue. The Bedford Avenue pizza and pasta joint will be adding some upscale dishes at its prominent new location, including octopus, steak, lamb chops, and sea bass, according to the Village Voice.
It looks like all the windows are in and the exterior is nearly finished at 210 North 12th Street in Williamsburg. The eight-story, 42-unit residential building has been in the works since 2007, but construction didn’t start until last summer.
Delays may have been related to the site’s former brownfield status, which required a cleanup from the state’s Office of Environmental Remediation. The building will have 21 underground parking spaces and storage for 21 bicycles (“subject to flooding”), according to the most recent Schedule A filings.
Curbed dug up a new rendering last month (pictured after the jump) and reported that MDIM is still the architecture firm behind the building. The project’s most recent building permits also list Philip Toscano as an architect. Issac Schwartz of Adir Holdings is the developer, according to permits and public records.
The Karl Fischer-designed rental building at 544 Union Avenue in Willliamsburg, The Union, is now 60 percent leased, Aptsandlofts.com tells us. The building, located on Union between Withers and Frost two blocks from McCarren Park, started leasing in November.
Rents at the glassy 94-unit building range from $2,292 a month for a studio to $3,988 a month for a two-bedroom. There are also a few three-bedrooms that don’t seem to be on the market yet.
Amenities include a putting green, a cabana, yoga room, billiard room and library, according to its website.
We discovered this rendering posted to the fence at a long-delayed six-story development that’s rising at 201 North 11th Street near McCarren Park in Williamsburg. It looks like all six of the stories are up and the windows are going in at the building, which is owned by developer Build 360.
When it’s finished, there will be three duplexes and a penthouse apartment spread over 6,692 square feet of space, according to new building permits. They will be condos, Josh Egendorf of Build 360 told us. He added that amenities will include a small garage that fits one to two cars, and each unit will have a large amount of outdoor space. Construction signs said work is scheduled to finish by June and list Corcoran brokers as contacts.
Designed by Atelier New York Architecture, the rendering seems more interesting than your typical Williamsburg glass condo building. We found an old rendering here, but it appears the architects abandoned the all-wood look. What do you think of the design?
We’ve included a photo of the building under construction after the jump. GMAP
Two Trees’ ambitious plans for redeveloping the Domino site will not be scuttled after all. The city and the developer have compromised with an additional 110,000 square feet and 40 more units set aside for affordable housing, according to a statement released by the city yesterday and widely reported.
The agreement will be binding and the affordable housing will be permanent. The City Planning Commission will vote on the proposal Wednesday.
We spotted a schematic drawing on the construction fence at 291 Metropolitan Avenue, formerly the site of a one-story garage on the very busy corner of Metropolitan and Roebling in Williamsburg. The foundation was in and the steel structure for the five-story, 27-unit brick building was just past the first story when we stopped by a few weeks ago. Click through to the jump to see.
BuzzBuzzHome found a couple renderings for what the finished building should look like, as we reported last week. The project is supposed to be completed by the end of this year, according to the sign on the construction fence. What do you think of the look?
The tower going up at 1 North 4th Place on the Williamsburg waterfront has reached its planned 40 stories and the window glass is almost all in.
The rental building will have 510 units. Douglaston Development, RD Management and L&M Development Partners are behind this one (it was the third Northside Piers tower until Toll Brothers bowed out). Click here to see a rendering of what it will look like when finished. Click through to the jump for another photo.
The de Blasio administration is pushing for Two Trees to add more space for affordable housing — bigger units, not more units — in its redevelopment for Domino, The New York Times reported. That would mean fewer or smaller market rate apartments, which developer Jed Walentas says is not economically viable.
The move, which comes after Two Trees had voluntarily increased the number of affordable units and received widespread support from the community, is likely to send shudders through the real estate community. As John H. Mollenkopf, director of City University’s Center for Urban Research, put it, “This is curtains up on the first act of the real-estate drama for the new administration.” Even Community Board One’s Rob Solano, typically no friend of anything that whiffs of gentrification, said he hoped that the stand-off would not threaten the 660 units of affordable housing already baked into the current proposal.
From an architectural and urban planning standpoint, the city would certainly be worse off if Two Trees were forced to default back to the original plans developed by CPC.
Ten of the 12 Williamsburg Townhomes at 131-153 North 3rd Street are in contract, broker MNS told us. Closings should begin shortly, as soon as the attorney general approves the condo offering plan. The two units left, 139 and 141, are both asking $2,380,000.
Since the single-family row houses went on the market in July 2013, a handful of other new single-family townhouse developments have popped up in North Brooklyn. Although the Williamsburg Townhouses are only 14 feet wide, the living rooms run the full width of the house in the back and overlook the gardens. The townhomes were designed by a former dean of Princeton University School of Architecture.
They are centrally located between Bedford and Berry streets.
The once-sleepy area around Bedford and Broadway in south Williamsburg is becoming increasingly dense as developers fill in empty lots with huge luxury developments, such as 50 Broadway. Next up is the long-empty lot, used for parking, across from Diner at 369 Berry Street between Broadway and South 6th Street, where the owner plans to put up a medium size apartment building.
A new-building application has been filed for a six-story mixed-use building there, BuzzBuzz Home reported yesterday. Designed by architect Charles Mallea, the 10-unit project will have 2,383 square feet of commercial space and 2,627 square feet devoted to a community facility, in addition to 8,481 square feet of residential. There will also be basement storage and two duplex penthouse units. The developer, M&B Monroe Inc., bought the empty lot near the Williamsburg Bridge (known also as 82 South 6th and 89 Broadway) way back in 1996.
Leasing began Tuesday at Williamsburg’s newest luxury rental, 250N10, which we wrote about last week, and Curbed published the first photos of the model units. Developed by LCOR with interiors by SLCE, the elevator banks will have canvas wall coverings hand painted by artist Sebastian Vargas and the studio model unit has wallpaper custom designed just for the unit.
The unusually large development curves around a good part of a block starting on Union Avenue and down North 10th toward Roebling and has a multicolored glass facade. There are 234 units — studios, one- and two-bedrooms — with 76 different layouts.
A few more details about the pricing and availability:
Studios are renting for $2,500 to $3,600 a month, one-bedrooms for $3,400 to $4,200 and two-bedrooms for $4,600 to $6,300. Each unit has GE stainless steel appliances, Bosch washer/dryers and Cesarstone counters. Tile in the units echoes the multicolored facade. Amenities include a parking garage for 117 cars, common space with wifi and coffee bar, rooftop deck with barbecue, and a fitness center. Click through the jump for interior photos!