The Massive Cascade Linen Project in Bed Stuy Is Quickly Swallowing Up an Entire Block


After a long ramp up, the latest phase of the massive Cascade Linen complex is quickly rising in Bed Stuy.

Taking up almost an entire block, the entire U-shaped complex will eventually contain seven buildings, including a pair of nine-story buildings, one 10-story building and four six-story buildings, with condos planned for each. It stretches along Stockton Street, Marcy Avenue and Myrtle Avenue.

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The site in 2018. Image via GoogleMaps

Samuel Wieder Associates are credited on the rendering, and Diego Aguilera is the project’s architect of record. New renderings for the complex released in June 2018 show the main bulk of the buildings stretching around Myrtle and Marcy Avenues. The new design displays the complex’s new look, with bold vertical stripes running along the facades of each building.

The setbacks of the main building on Myrtle Avenue also looks to be smaller than in previous renderings.

Rendering by Samuel Wieder Architects via CityRealty

Along one side of the development, three of those buildings are already complete. Located at 134, 114 and 104 Stockton Street, there are 32 units in the first building, the same in the second, and 33 in the third, according to each offering plan.

Entrance to the parking, which will include 142 spaces according to building permits, will be at the building located at 134 Stockton.

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The view from the corner of Tompkins Avenue and Stockton Street

Two of the buildings, at 835 Myrtle Avenue and 553 Marcy Avenue, are currently under construction and look to be nearly topped out. Three stories have risen at 847 Myrtle and foundation work has just begun at 869 Myrtle.

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The view from the corner of Myrtle and Marcy avenues

The factory was a Bed Stuy icon for years, then slated to become housing for Hasidic families, and is now a seven-building luxury condo development with prices in the millions, according to the developers.

The staggered balconies on the front, a desirable feature for the celebration of Sukkoth, could indicate the design of the units will appeal to Hasidic families.

In 2016, the developers told the community board 66 of the 301 units will be affordable.

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Myrtle Avenue

Isaac Deutsch’s Empire State Management, Abraham Brach and Nachman Leibowitz are the developers, who picked up the Cascade Linen site for $70 million in 2015. It was demolished in 2015.

The development was made possible by a rezoning in 2012, the Bedford Stuyvesant North Rezoning, which permitted residential and retail uses and an increase in the site’s buildable square feet. It also allows developers to build bigger in exchange for making 20 percent of the units affordable.

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The old rendering mounted on the construction fence

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Photo by Suzanne Spellen

[Photos by Susan De Vries unless noted otherwise]

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