Construction is under way at Toby Moskovits’ major office development at 25 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg.
When complete, the project will bring hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space to Williamsburg, and with it, the potential for many Brooklyn based jobs, including manufacturing.
The foundation for the building is going in, and there is a pile driver present on the site. Side walls for the foundation are rising, and piles of rebar are at the ready.
The project takes up the entire block bounded by North 12th and 13th streets, along with Kent and Wythe Avenues.
It is the first major ground-up office development in Williamsburg in decades, and will have almost 500,000 square feet of space over eight stories. Demolition work on the project began in 2015, as we reported on at the time.
The property is located in the north Williamsburg protected industrial zone or IBZ, where residential development is prohibited. Developer Heritage Equity Partners got a special permit last year from the city to build bigger in exchange for including 60,000 square feet for light manufacturing.
Heritage Equity Partners is also the developer of the nearby Williamsburg Hotel, which opened in March. The architect of 25 Kent is Gensler, one of the largest architecture firms in the nation, which is also working on the redevelopment of the Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters in Brooklyn Heights into office space for Jared Kushner and partners.
The project is getting going just as New York City may be experiencing a slowdown in office leasing and will come to market during the temporary L train shutdown.
Along with the Domino Sugar project and the many hotels rising in Williamsburg, 25 Kent is putting a new stamp on old industrial Williamsburg.
[Photos by Susan De Vries]
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