Speaking of Williamsburg, the development on South 3rd and Bedford is moving along. For some reason, we like this color brick more than the off-yellows and drab browns that have characterized other recent erections. Maybe it’s just the change of pace. Otherwise, seems like another uninspired addition to the South Side landscape.


We missed this snippet reported in Crain’s two weeks ago. Since L&M is one of the five major players in this whole redevelopment thang, this is probably just the beginning:

With final approval of the North Brooklyn rezoning expected in two weeks, New York City developer L&M Equity plans to build 750 to 800 housing units on the Williamsburg waterfront. Ron Moelis, partner of L&M Equity, says his company plans to begin construction on four-and-a-half acres early next year with partner RD Management. Mr. Moelis says L&M hopes to build about 200 affordable housing units.

L&M Plans 750 Units on Waterfront [Crain’s]


Excerpted from The New York Times:
A row house undergoing renovations in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, collapsed yesterday in a cascade of bricks, cinder blocks, mortar and scaffolding. At least two construction workers buried beneath the rubble were among the 11 people who were injured, one critically, the authorities said. The collapse occurred about 1:15 p.m. at 103 Meserole Street on a residential block just east of Williamsburg’s enclave of Hasidic Jews.

The cause of the collapse remained under investigation, but the building had a history of poor maintenance and tension between the landlord and several former tenants, city officials said. Originally a three-story row house, the building was vacant and undergoing extensive renovations that were to include a 1,000-square-foot addition, according to Department of Buildings officials. Its third floor had been removed, and workers at the site yesterday were using a tall scaffold that rested on the second floor. City records identified the building owner as a corporate entity, 103 Meserole Shitfas L.L.C. The records also identified the construction company in charge as Precision Construction of Brooklyn.
Building Falls in Brooklyn [NY Times]
Brooklyn Cave-In [NY Post]


Blogger Transfer is keeping a close eye on the latest development to go up on the section of Flatbush he cares about most–the stretch leading to Grand Army Plaza. The chronicler of architecture “bad, good and otherwise” notes that the building going up at 145 Park Place is the first new residential development on Flatbush east of Prospect Park in at least a generation. He’s also trying to remain optimistic about how the end-product will look:

Architects Lauster & Radu used an existing brick frontage on Park Place, and built out the Flatbush frontage, creating some serious angles. Honestly, the renderings are, well, I’m reluctant to comment too honestly… But, the brick work on Park Place is looking interesting, and I’m trying to stay positive about new construction in this part of Brooklyn – staying hopeful.

New Construction on Flatbush [Transfer]


The Village Voice, which rarely has anything nice to say about anything, offers up a surprisingly positive take on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Redevelopment Plan. “Williamsburg deal great for Manhattan developers,” the subhed reads, “but not everyone will be priced out.” The article goes on to note several notable aspects of the deal, including the fact that the developers cannot transfer their affordable housing quotas to other projects. The deal set precedent by providing $20 million for nonprofit groups to aid manufacturers. And it created a $2 million fund to battle residential displacement.
A New Colony [Village Voice]


According to transportation think tank Community Consulting Services, there is likely to be 40 million square feet of new development in Downtown Brooklyn over the next 15 years. The downside? The city and the state will need to spend as much as $4 billion to handle the “traffic damages” resulting from the borough’s projected 24,000 new residents and 74,000 new jobs, the report says.
Comment: Sounds like mostly commercial projects to us.
Danger of Crowding Seen in Brooklyn [NY Sun]


After community protests, a stop work order and a six-month hiatus, the condo conversion at 160 Imlay Street got the go-ahead when a lawsuit filed by the Red Hook-Gowanus Chamber of Commerce was thrown out by an appellate court on a technicality. (Interestingly, the lawsuit was partially funded by Greg O’Connell, the long-time Red Hook property owner profiled here earlier this week.) So now Developer Bruce Batkin can procede with his plans to convert the property—which has become a symbol of the struggle between the new forces of luxury development and the area’s working class, industrial past.
Red Hook Green Light [NY Daily News]
Converting Red Hook [Village Voice]
Interview with Red Hook’s Biggest Developer [Brownstoner]