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Steps leading to the rooftop amenity space

We recently took a hard hat tour of the under-construction William Vale hotel, rising in the heart of hipster Brooklyn and its nightlife district at 55 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg.

With the success of the Wythe Hotel, located a block south, and the increasing cultural cachet of Brooklyn, developers are eyeing the borough as a destination for tourists and a home for businesses seeking to tap into the hipster credentials of its neighborhoods.

Riverside Developers is betting on this location, a 10-minute walk from the nearest subway or ferry stop, as a destination in its own right. The plan is to offer a full-service resort-level experience to guests willing to venture out from the typical Manhattan hotel locales. (more…)

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Two Trees has put up construction walls and started excavating Domino Sugar Site E, a former vacant lot the developer turned into a temporary community space, park and garden called Havermeyer Park. The inland site sits across the street from the main factory on Kent Avenue, between South 3rd and South 4th streets.

Two Trees broke ground there earlier this month, kicking off construction of the first building in its huge redevelopment of Domino. As reported, the building at 317 Kent Avenue will be a SHoP-designed, 16-story tower with 522 rentals, including 105 affordable units. Construction is expected to finish in 2017. The developer has also promised to rebuild the park next door to Domino and open it this summer. Yay!

Meanwhile, across the street, workers have finished carting away the remains of the demolished buildings on either side of the landmarked Domino factory. The abandoned cranes have also been pulled away from the water’s edge, and they’ll eventually be incorporated into a five-acre waterfront park with a High Line-style “artifact walk.” Click through to see what’s behind the fence at the main Domino site.

Domino Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Since empty lots and industrial properties near the BQE seem to be the final frontier of Williamsburg real estate, yet another condo building has hit the market there at 150 Richardson Street. The factory-inspired eight-unit development currently has three condos up for grabs, with one-bedrooms starting at $949,000.

The cheapest one-bedroom, #2B, clocks in at 727 square feet with a 155-square-foot balcony. (That’s works out to $1,075 $1,305 per square foot, for those of you keeping score at home.) The next one up is #2A, a similarly sized one-bedroom topped with a 327-square-foot private roof deck asking $989,000. And the priciest listing so far is #4A, a duplex two-bedroom with 964 square feet of interior space and a 381-square-foot roof deck that wants $1,395,000.

Christopher Papa Architects designed the project, which sports arched windows, exposed reclaimed brick “from a carriage and buggy factory,” exposed concrete columns and antique oak hardwood floors. Black Diamond Group developed it, and Withers & Grain handled the interiors. We think the finishes are appealing, if fairly typical for Williamsburg condos — blue shaker-style cabinets, quartzite counters, white subway-tile bathrooms. What’s your opinion of the look and the pricing?

150 Richardson Street Listings [StreetEasy] GMAP
150 Richardson Street [Official]
Renderings, Floor Plans, Teaser Site out for Small ‘Burg Condo Building [Brownstoner]

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Developer Rabsky’s push to rezone two blocks in the Broadway Triangle area could have some very interesting unintended consequences, according to an article in Crain’s yesterday. Development there has been all but frozen for years, thanks to clashes between various stakeholders, controversy and lawsuits. Rabsky’s request will reopen that debate and, although Rabsky is only asking for 12-story buildings, could pave the way for the entire area to be covered in massive low-income towers, according to Crain’s.

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The Passive House condo craze has come to Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, the Columbia Street Waterfront and now Williamsburg. We discovered this design for four stories of eco-friendly condos at 285 Grand Street on the website of developer Blue Zees.

There will be two large apartments spread across 5,416 square feet of residential space, in addition to 4,600 square feet of retail, according to building applications disapproved last week. And a restaurant will occupy the ground floor, according to Schedule A filings.

David Berridge Architect will design the project. It looks like the facade will be clad in metal siding, a feature we’ve come to expect on Passive House buildings. Both condos will have terraces, and the upper unit will be a duplex with double height windows. Blue Zees paid $2,850,000 for the property in 2012, and demolished a one-story garage last year.

What do you think of the design?  GMAP

 

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North Williamsburg’s already crowded luxury rental market is getting a new addition at 247 North 7th Street, where 169 rentals will hit the market soon, the New York Daily News reported. The two seven-story buildings between Roebling and Havermeyer streets will have studios, one- and two-bedrooms ranging from $2,575 to $6,700 a month for a penthouse. Amenities include a 13,000-square-foot landscaped courtyard, two roof decks, fitness center, lounge, pet spa and parking.

Developer Adam America successfully resurrected the long-stalled project after acquiring it from Silverstone Property Group in 2013. Permits were first filed nine years ago, and the site sat empty until work began last year.

The story noted that rental inventory in the area increased 18 percent in January, vs. December. But average monthly rents also increased during the same period, so the new inventory doesn’t seem to be depressing asking prices, at least. At the same time, the median price for one-bedrooms condos in the area dropped 6 percent over the year, the story said.

A Break for Billyburg: More Rental Projects Spur Price Competition [NY Daily News] GMAP
Work Starts Again, Rendering Posted for Long-Stalled Williamsburg Site [Brownstoner]

Renderings by Craft Studio via NY Daily News

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Developer Rabsky Group has filed an application to rezone two blocks in Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle, both part of the former Pfizer campus, to make way for two big mixed-use buildings with nearly 800 apartments, The Real Deal reported. Rabsky paid $12,750,000 in July 2012 for two properties there, which occupy the entirety of both blocks and are currently zoned for manufacturing.

The vacant properties, whose addresses are 249 and 334 Wallabout Street, total about 150,000 square feet. One of them is used for parking, and the Flushing G stop stops on the block.

If the rezoning were to go through, the properties could accommodate 622 market-rate units, 155 affordable ones and 32,000 square feet of retail, according to TRD. Back in 2012, the mammoth former Pfizer plant next door at 630 Flushing Avenue was converted to light industrial space, and the building is now home to a fashion accelerator, small food businesses, furniture makers and Brooklyn Grange.

Rabsky is also building on the next block, at 376-382 Wallabout Street, and is one of the partners developing apartments at the nearby Rheingold brewery complex in Bushwick, among other projects in Brooklyn. The Broadway Triangle has a contentious history, as various groups have clashed over building housing there.

Dushinsky’s Rabsky Group Plans Nearly 800 Units on Former Pfizer Site [TRD]
Pfizer Coverage [Brownstoner]
Broadway Triangle Coverage [Brownstoner]

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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Williamsburg and Greenpoint are getting 53 new Citi Bike stations! Wow. Brooklyn Paper reported that the bike sharing program will install the blue bikes later this year as part of its $30,000,000 expansion.

Stations will be scattered every few blocks in an area from Flushing and Marcy at the southern end of Williamsburg to Franklin Avenue and Dupont Street in Greenpoint, including in transit-starved spots but also along major transit corridors. Highlights include a station for the India Street Pier and ones at either end of McGolrick Park.

What do you think of the plan?

New Citi Bike Locations in Williamsburg, Greenpoint Revealed [BK Paper]
Map via Brooklyn Paper

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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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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