Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams wants to revive the affordable housing development on a 30-acre piece of land known as the Broadway Triangle. Sandwiched between Bed Stuy, Williamsburg and Bushwick along Broadway near Flushing, the controversial development was halted by a judge’s injunction following a lawsuit by community groups arguing the plans and a rezoning of the area favored Hasidic families and discriminated against blacks and Latinos. In a written review of an unrelated project at 695 Grand Street in Williamsburg, Adams called on the de Blasio administration to resolve the legal dispute so housing can be built, Crain’s reported.

He also called on HPD to get on with the redevelopment of the Greenpoint Hospital site at 300 Skillman Avenue in East Williamsburg, which stalled in 2012 after the developer dropped out. The city planned to create about 250 affordable apartments at the site, which has been shuttered since 1982. The Broadway Triangle Community Coalition told Crain’s it has recently been talking with the city about the rezoning. The Triangle project could add another 600 affordable units, according to Crain’s.

One thing that has changed: Former State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the king of affordable housing in the area, was heavily involved in the Triangle project, but is no longer in office. The nonprofit group he created to deliver services to constituents, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen’s Council, which still exists and continues to be a big landlord and developer in Latino-heavy Bushwick, was one of two developers in the Triangle project, along with nonprofit partner United Jewish Organizations.

Do you think it’s a coincidence that Adams is calling for development of Broadway Triangle now that Lopez is out of the picture?

Brooklyn BP Acts to Restart Two Rez Projects [Crain's]
Broadway Triangle Coverage [Brownstoner]
Image via Urban Omnibus

 

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It’s been a year since we stopped by the building site next to the public swimming pool on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. In that time, the mixed-use, six-story project has progressed from a hole in the ground to topping out. When it’s finished, the 60-foot-tall building at 263 Bedford on the corner of North 1st Street will house 14 apartments and 3,510 square feet of commercial space.

There will also be underground parking for eight cars. The architect of record is Jung Wor Chin, and permits list the owner as John Hermanowski, who bought the site in 1986, according to public records. The rendering on the fence, first published by BuzzBuzzHome in May, shows a brick facade and glass balconies on several units. Click through the jump to see our photo of it.

Excavation Starts for Six-Story Building on Bedford in North Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP
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What do you think of this unusual design by ODA Architecture for a long-stalled apartment development at 510 Driggs Avenue near McCarren Park in Williamsburg? We’re not crazy about the look of the stacked and cantilevered cubes, but ODA’s functional explanation is intriguing.

Each of the 100 units in the five-story building will have a balcony or other outdoor space, and at least two exposures for good light and air, the firm told Arch Daily, which first published the rendering. Click through to the story to see a floor plan and other drawings that spell out the details.

“What if we could live in cities where everyone could enjoy similar qualities of a private house,” the firm told the paper. “We then challenged the zoning rules and regulations and the very common fundamentals and typologies of typical apartment buildings and came up with a scheme that satisfies all of the above. The complexity of the form serves a noble function while also becoming a beautiful piece of architecture.”

Commenters on the story lauded the design for innovation but questioned whether it can actually be built as shown in the rendering. We’d like to point out that large prewar apartment buildings in New York City typically had similar or even better exposures. Maybe we should revisit those floor plans. (more…)

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One-time Robert Scarano protege Nataliya Donskoy has designed glassy apartment buildings all over Williamsburg, and now she’s going a more traditional route with the look for yet another set of Brooklyn townhouses. The four four-story brick homes at 127-131 South 1st Street between Bedford and Berry will be configured with a triplex over a garden apartment. (The first floor units will have some additional space in the cellar, according to the Schedule A.)

Each townhouse will weigh in at 4,000 square feet, and have a private roof deck on the fourth floor setback, according to NY YIMBY.  New building applications for the project were filed in June and disapproved earlier this month. The developer is Investmates Real Estate, which bought the 15,000-square-foot lot for $3,750,000 in April.

We think the design is beautiful and understated, not boring. What do you think of it?

Revealed: 127-131 South 1st Street, Williamsburg Townhouses [NY YIMBY] GMAP
Rendering by ND Architecture and Design via NY YIMBY

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Madewell will open its first Brooklyn store at 127 North 6th Street in Williamsburg Wednesday, a sales associate told us when we called. The grand opening party is set for that evening, according to the brand’s Facebook page and an email we received.

When we stopped by yesterday, scaffolding was up and the exterior was under construction. We don’t know what that silvery shiny stuff is on the top (strips of aluminum? insulation?) or why it’s made up of such skinny, short pieces, but perhaps it’s some kind of under layer and not the final topping. (Click through for a closeup.)

The store is centrally located near Bedford Avenue on the same street as Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. J.Crew opened a few blocks away last month. Williamsburg is now feeling a lot like Soho 25 years ago. GMAP (more…)

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Developers are keeping the new construction townhouses coming in Brooklyn. The latest to hit the market is 4 Wythe Lane, one of six single-family townhouses under construction at South 4th Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. Two other houses in the complex, No. 5 and No. 6, already have contracts out, according to BuzzBuzzHome, which was the first to report on the listing. There are no listings up except for No. 4, although renderings and floor plans have gone up on the development’s website. Halstead is handling the sales.

Developed by KUB Capital on a former scrap metal site and designed by KUB Design and SZ Projects, the townhouses will have a modern look. The four-story house at No. 4 will have a total of 3,775 square feet with four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths. It is 16 feet wide, and there is a 25-foot deep garden. It’s asking $3,995,000.

That’s a significantly bigger number than the last Williamsburg townhouses to hit the market. The 12 Williamsburg Social Townhouses on North 3rd between Berry and Bedford started at $2,380,000 when they debuted in 2013.

We doubt construction is very far along yet, since demo of the old G&C Salvage Corp. scrap metal facility at 55-59 South 4th Street was scheduled to start in August. The site abuts “Site E” of the Domino Sugar development, until recently a temporary public park, which will be the first under construction.

Click through for renderings. A floor plan can be viewed here. What do you think of the design and price?

4 Wythe Lane Listing [Halstead]
Wythe Lane Townhouses [Official]
The Townhouses of Wythe Lane Alight in Williamsburg [BBH]

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A story in Gawker today confirmed the exact addresses of three buildings Vice Media is taking over as it expands its multimedia empire in Williamsburg, and yes, as suspected, Glasslands (as well as Death by Audio and a handful of other businesses) is being displaced. Williamsburg institution Glasslands, a once hidden and illegal performance space that later went legit, announced yesterday its last show will be New Year’s Eve.

The addresses are 285-289 Kent Avenue, pictured above, and two buildings at 49 South 2nd Street. Gawker found mention of the deal and the exact addresses in an interview with the broker that ran in the Commercial Observer in September. When Vice’s expansion was first announced, the exact addresses of the buildings were not given, although we speculated that 285 Kent was one.

It’s nothing new for gentrifiers to displace gentrifiers, and Glasslands is one of a long list of quirky Williamsburg businesses to shut in recent months.

No One Wants to Say It, But Vice Is Displacing Brooklyn Institutions [Gawker]  GMAP

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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

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This duplex at 60 Broadway (aka the Gretsch) is looking pretty good to us. The living area has 26-foot-high ceilings and the views, even from the fifth floor, are excellent. And you know what? $2,850,000 doesn’t actually sound like that much for a top-notch, 2,445-square-foot condo in Williamsburg these days. The maintenance is just $1,617, but that’ll increase in 2020 when the tax abatement runs out.

60 Broadway, #5AB [Corcoran] GMAP

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Architect Gene Kaufman, who has become one of Brooklyn’s more prolific architects during the recent housing boom, has just released a rendering and more details about two of his building projects under way in Williamsburg.

Above is a rendering for 56 North 9th Street at Kent Avenue, which broke ground over the summer. It will be six stories tall with 58 apartments, as previously reported. The bottom two floors of the 108,000 square foot building will be devoted to retail and dining. The building will have a roof terrace and include parking.

Construction also started over the summer on another Kaufman building on the opposite side of the neighborhood, at 774-776 Grand Street at Humboldt. That one will be an eight-story, 64-unit apartment building with 82,000 square feet.

Kaufman adds these two projects to an already long list of Williamsburg buildings including The Decora, The Lucent, The Residences at The Williamsburg and Schaefer Landing.

What do you think of the look of 56 North 9th Street?

Another Gene Kaufman-Designed Building for the Williamsburg Waterfront [Brownstoner]
Rendering by Gene Kaufman

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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.