Construction fencing is up but work has not yet begun at 356 Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg, where we spotted this rendering for a five-story affordable building on the fence. The new building is the red brick one with the gray cornice and the stepped roofline; the one to the right next door with the black cornice and the two wood frame buildings to the left on the corner are already there.
The mixed-use development will house 19 units spread across 16,009 square feet of residential space, as well as 8,000 square feet of retail and 2,000 square feet for a medical clinic, according to new building permits issued last month. It will also have a laundry room, roof deck and bike storage. The architect of record is Bong Yu PC Engineers and Architects.
A nonprofit affordable housing developer, the Housing Development Corporation, bought the vacant property from the HPD for $7,450,000 on June 30, public records show. The deed lists 354-358 Bedford and neighboring lot 121 South 4th Street, which means that the development will likely occupy all four small vacant lots.
The same architect has also filed permits for affordable buildings at three other Williamsburg properties listed on the deed: 37 Maujer Street, 33 Ten Eyck Street and 37 Ten Eyck Street. At 37 Maujer, the new building permits call for a four-story, 10-unit project. Meanwhile, a four-story, 18-unit building is coming to 33 Ten Eyck, and a four-story six-unit one is planned at 37 Ten Eyck.
To recap, that’s four buildings with 53 affordable apartments total.
It’s nice to see some 100 percent affordable buildings going up in an expensive area. We think the design blends unobtrusively into the streetscape and will improve this stretch. What’s your opinion?