The Mega-Project That Will Transform Greenpoint Is Rising Now on the Waterfront

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21 Commercial Street

After years of debate and a lengthy approval process, Greenpoint Landing is starting to take shape on the Brooklyn waterfront. Developer Greenpoint Landing Associates has tapped Handel Architects with the master plan and the design of the buildings in the first phase of the project. L + M Development is a development partner on the first three affordable buildings under construction.

The first site, 21 Commercial Street, has topped out. More on that below. Immediately to the south, construction appears to be imminent on the third affordable building, at 5 Blue Slip.

The green construction fence is up, and a previously unpublished rendering has been posted. Read and see more below.

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21 Commercial Street

The low-rise block and plank structure at 21 Commercial Street has reached its sixth and final story. Scaffolding is rising on the exterior, which means work on the brick facade will start any day now.

Located on the corner of Franklin Street, the building will house 93 affordable units.

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Looking north on Franklin Street

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21 Commercial Street

At the second site, 33 Eagle, the walls have risen one story. According to the previously published rendering, the project contains much of the design language from 21 Commercial Street.

It also is a block and plank structure. This building is going to look a lot like the first one, with brick and metal as the primary facade materials.

Ultimately, it will have seven stories and 98 affordable units.

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33 Eagle Street

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33 Eagle Street

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33 Eagle Street

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33 Eagle Street

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Rendering of 33 Eagle Street

Greenpoint Landing’s third affordable building, to the south of 21 Commercial Street at 5 Blue Slip, has a construction fence and a new rendering.

As with the other two affordable buildings, brick and metal will play a major role in the facade’s design. It appears that construction is imminent but nothing has reached above ground yet.

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Site of third affordable building at 5 Blue Slip

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Rendering of the third affordable building at 5 Blue Slip

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The view to midtown Manhattan from Commercial Street

Eventually, the waterfront mega project will include 10 towers and about 5,500 units, 1,400 of which will be affordable. Also included in the development will be a waterfront park from James Corner Field Operations and a K-8 public school on the corner of Franklin and Dupont Street.

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