Jagged Apartment Tower With Sky Bridge to Landmarked Williamsburg Church Tops Out


A crooked, twisting residential building rising next to a landmarked church in Williamsburg has topped out.

Reaching 16 stories, the building at 329 Broadway (or 304 Rodney) stands next to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, an individual landmark whose address is 306 Rodney Street.

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Restoration and maintenance of the church, including the stained glass windows, will be funded by the sale of the air rights and easements, which was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in January.

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The proposal the LPC approved includes the addition of a sky bridge, which will stretch from the top of the four-story base of the building to the roof of the church next door. The bridge has yet to be constructed.

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There will be 33 parking spaces underground, and retail space on the ground floor. A child-care facility will occupy the second and third floors, while an ambulatory care facility will occupy the fourth and fifth.

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The 12 stories above are dedicated to residential. They have a wavy, haphazard quality and a lot of windows for maximum sunlight around the semi-cylindrical facade, renderings show. For now, at least, the building’s skeleton appears more symmetrical than the rendering.

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Syndicate Architecture is the applicant of record, and the developer is Juda Klein of Parkview Management, which purchased the formerly empty lot for $4.7 million in 2013.

The building towers above the J/M/Z elevated train line and Broadway. One block away, the 23-story skyscraper behind the historic neo-Classical Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh is quickly rising.

[Photos by Susan De Vries unless noted otherwise]

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