A corner of Williamsburg dominated for decades by the Puccio Marble family business will soon be transformed by Soho-style apartments and stores designed by Wythe Hotel architect Morris Adjmi.
Two new mixed-use buildings will rise at 658 and 629 Driggs Avenue, both former outdoor marble yards spaced about a block apart, if developer RedSky Capital’s plans come to fruition.
It’s all part of the firm’s growing empire in Williamsburg, which now includes about a dozen notable and strategically placed buildings, including the home of Brooklyn’s first Apple store on Bedford.
Meanwhile, the old Puccio Marble office at 661 Driggs Avenue will be demolished. Developer Brooklyn Rose plans a four-story building with six apartments, according to DOB records.
Renderings for RedSky’s 658 Driggs show a five-story red brick building with high-ceilinged ground floor retail spaces and large windows. (Hat tip to NY YIMBY.) The design for 625-629 Driggs Avenue is similar, with four stories of gray brick, including a ground floor of shops topped by a steel and glass canopy.
Like other Morris Adjmi designs, such as the Townhouses of Cobble Hill and the landmarked former home of the Brookyn Heights Cinema, the projects bridge past and present, notes RedSky’s website:
Located on Driggs Avenue, a quiet tree-lined retreat on the fringe of bustling Bedford Avenue, the Driggs Development will feature two newly designed sister towers that combine high-end residential living with class A retail experiences. Designed by renowned architect Morris Adjmi, these contemporary structures will effortlessly coexist with the neighborhoods historic past and seamlessly conform with its evolving landscape.
RedSky bought both properties from the Puccio family for $9,529,813 in 2013, public records show. In recent years, this part of Williamsburg has morphed from artist haven to global tourist and shopping destination.
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