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Demolition crews have started gutting and demolishing the six 19th-century wood-frame houses and two commercial buildings near the corner of 11th Street and 4th Avenue where developer Adam America is planning to put up a large 12-story apartment building on seven tax lots. The house at the far left end of the row on 11th Street, No. 233, has been knocked down, above, and most of the others are in the process of being gutted, their windows and doors gone.

A construction fence went up a week and half ago at 470 4th Avenue, and new building permits for the project were filed at the end of February. The building will have 105 units with ground floor commercial space, a medical office and underground parking, as we’ve previously reported. More photos after the jump.

470 4th Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]

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Here’s what the new rental building going up at 470 4th Avenue near 11th Street will look like. The Real Deal published the rendering Friday, which it received in a press release.

It looks like the building may be red brick with a glassy set back. The drawing shows a 14-story building, though it could wind up being 12 stories, as we wrote Friday. The structure will be at least three times higher than its immediate neighbors on the block, although there is a similarly sized new building down the street at 4th Avenue and 12th Street. Permits for the new build have not yet been filed.

What do you think of the design?

Rendering Revealed for Mixed-Use Development at 470 4th Avenue [TRD] GMAP
Plans, Buyer, Sale Price Revealed for Huge 4th Avenue Development Site [Brownstoner]
Image via The Real Deal

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After a long period of preparation, the big project on the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street in Gowanus is rising and now up to the fourth floor, we saw when we passed by this weekend. Developers Adam America, Slate Property Group and the Naveh Shuster Group are planning a 12-story building here at 237 11th Street.

There was little sign of activity through the winter, and work on the foundation started in the spring.

The development, which previously went by the address 470 4th Avenue, will have 105 market-rate rental apartments as well as ground-floor retail, as we have reported before. There will also be a courtyard, medical office, gym and 29 underground parking spots.

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Aufgang Architects is known for its adaptive reuse of landmark buildings as well as affordable housing (the latter is 40 percent of its practice). The firm is based in Suffern, N.Y., and works primarily in New York City. Aufgang Architects is converting the landmarked former Brillo factory at 200 Water Street in Dumbo into 15 luxury condos and, as part of the same project, is designing a new 12-story, 105-unit mixed-use rental building on the same lot at 181 Front Street. (Renderings for the two buildings are pictured above and below.) We spoke to principal Ariel Aufgang about adapting historic properties for contemporary use and the firm’s projects in Brooklyn.

Brownstoner: How do you approach adaptive reuse?

Ariel Aufgang: We ask how can we adapt a building to enhance the occupants’ experience of it, whether it’s a condo, hotel or office space. As architects, we’re very cognizant of the effect the building environment has on people’s daily lives. Also, the mix of historic character and modern amenities has a positive impact on commercial value.

BS: Tell us a little bit about your design for the former Brillo Manufacturing Co.’s 1950 “daylight factory” in Dumbo. 

AA: The former Brillo Factory building, 200 Water Street, is on a great block with a cobblestone street. As a purpose-built factory structure, its window sill heights are different on almost every floor to accommodate different size manufacturing equipment. One window sill is at five feet, and others at eight feet. As a landmarked building, the challenge was to find a way to convert the building to multi-unit residential while keeping the design. Our design involves removing 30 feet off the back of the building, which brings more daylight into the apartments. The original rear facade was painted concrete block with steel flashing on each floor plate. It wasn’t an esthetically conceived or pleasing design, just utilitarian. So we specified a precast concrete wall in a modular pattern that emulates the concrete blocks. The precast concrete wall gives the texture and feeling of the old concrete block wall, but in a fine finish with a smooth texture. In place of the original and unattractive steel flashing we changed the coursing size to a thinner piece, to indicate something was there. We added back the square footage we removed with a roof top addition. It’s a four-story building. Also, we aligned the new elements with the old features, literally and figuratively. For example, we designed an all-glass extension, about three feet out from the wall, which is pushed back from the street.

BS: What were some of the goals and challenges with this project?

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Excavation is under way at 470 4th Avenue in Gowanus, where a 12-story building will eventually rise. The Aufgang Architect-designed project will bring 105 apartments and 5,000 square feet of commercial space to the corner of 4th Avenue and 11th Street, according to permits approved this month.

It looks like the development also has a new or alternate address at 237 11th Street. The 84,000-square-foot building will have ground floor retail, a courtyard, a medical office, a gym and 29 cellar parking spots, per Schedule A filings.

Developers Adam America, Slate and the Naveh Shuster Group paid JBS Project Management $20,000,000 for six 19th century wood frame houses and three small commercial buildings on the corner last year, and demolished them last summer. Click through to see another construction photo and the rendering posted on the fence.

470 4th Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

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Three big developers have snapped up a crumbling Williamsburg factory for $18,300,000, Crain’s reported, paying a near-record price in hopes of building condos on the site. Adam America, Naveh Shuster and Slate Property Group recently bought the large, L-shaped property at 304 North 7th Street. It faces the BQE and has close to 200 feet of frontage on both Meeker Avenue and North 7th Street, for a total of 22,325 square feet.

The final sale price works out to $432 per buildable square foot, for a property that could accommodate up to seven stories and 60,278 square feet of development. The lot last changed hands for $9,450,000 two years ago, meaning that the previous owners flipped it for nearly twice what they paid.

The developers are confident about the condo market, an exec from Slate said. Condos in Williamsburg are relatively scarce, with 256 condos in development versus 3,725 rentals, according to TerraCRG data quoted in Crain’s. TerraCRG brokered the deal.

The development trio is also working on several other projects in Brooklyn, including large developments at 535 4th Avenue, 470 4th Avenue, and 275 4th Avenue, as well as a six-story rental in the Broadway Triangle. And just a block away, Adam America is  building two seven-story buildings housing 169 units at 247 North 7th Street

Williamsburg Warehouse Fetches Near-Record Sum [Crain’s]
Adam America Coverage [Brownstoner]

Photo by Christopher Bride for PropertyShark

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At first we thought we’d seen this rendering for 535 4th Avenue before, which The New York Observer published yesterday. But then we realized that’s because it looks so similar to the building some of the same developers are planning down the street at 470 4th Avenue.

Here at 535 4th Avenue, developers Slate Property Group, Adam America and AEW Capital Management are developing a mixed-use property with 148 apartments, as reported. Down the street at 470 4th Avenue, Adam America, Slate and the Naveh Shuster Group are putting up a mixed-use building with 105 apartments. Aufgang Architects is designing both.

Click through to compare the two designs. What do you think of them?

Renderings Revealed for 535 4th Avenue in Park Slope [NYO]
Renderings by Aufgang Architects

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Developer Adam America has just filed new building applications for its fourth project on the Gowanus/Park Slope border, a seven-story development at 610 Warren Street. As is the case with most of Adam America’s projects, the architects are Issac and Stern. The 70-foot-tall building will house 31 units among 35,756 square feet of residential space, along with 16 ground-floor parking spots and 16 bike storage spaces. 

A one-story parking garage with a car rental business currently occupies the 10,000-square-foot lot between 3rd and 4th avenues. It’s worth noting that Adam America doesn’t own the lot, which hasn’t changed hands since 1993. Demolition permits haven’t been filed yet for the garage. The developer is also working on buildings nearby at 275 4th Avenue, 470 4th Avenue and 595 Baltic Street, and six more throughout Brooklyn. GMAP

Image via Google Maps

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Developers of big Gowanus project 470 4th Avenue, Adam America, Slate Property Group and Israeli-based Naveh Shuster Limited, are moving into south Williamsburg with plans for two plots. The three developers purchased 120 Union Avenue for $15,500,000 this week, and are set to close on a site across the street at 100 Union Avenue for $6,000,000 by the end of the year, The Real Deal reported.

The group plans to spend $65,000,000 to build a six-story rental development with ground floor retail at the first address. The 75,000-square-foot building will hold 100 rental units and 2,000 square feet of shops.

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