Rendering Out, Permits Approved for Spitzer’s ODA-Designed Waterfront Mega-Project

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Add Eliot Spitzer’s Kedem winery project to the list of mega-projects coming to Brooklyn. The long-stalled project is moving ahead and the ex-governor, now helming family business Spitzer Enterprises, today released renderings for three rental towers at 420-444 Kent Avenue on the south Williamsburg waterfront.

Permits filed in December were approved earlier this month, as The New York Times was the first to note, so the development could break ground soon. But first, the property will need to be cleared. A demo permit for an old low-rise building on the grounds was issued last month, according to public records.

There will be 856 apartments total, according to the Times, and 20 percent of them will be affordable. The design has changed dramatically, and details have changed over the years, with more apartments planned now than before — tipping it into mega-project territory — but the project adheres to a zoning waiver approved under a previous owner.

The new rendering shows glassy towers and appears to be made of assemblages of boxes, a characteristic theme of ODA’s work. We think it’s a great improvement  on the more mundane design of the previous rendering, pictured below.

The tower at 420 Kent will have 18 stories with 270 units and 4,884 square feet of stores on the ground floor, according to a new-building permit. The other towers will rise 24 stories, according to the Times.

The sale of the property for $165,000,000 closed in February, according to public records.

The site was formerly home to the Kedem winery and is directly across the street from luxury condo and townhouse development the Oosten, in the heart of Hasidic Williamsburg. This mega-project is not far from the 2,300-unit Domino Sugar Refinery development, on the other side of the Williamsburg bridge, also in south Williamsburg.

Spitzer Charges Into His Family’s Real Estate Business [NY Times] GMAP
ODA Files Permits for Long-Stalled Waterfront Site in South Williamsburg [Brownstoner]
What Could Sprout at Stalled Kedem Winery Site in South Williamsburg [Brownstoner]
Top rendering by ODA; rendering below via Vos Iz Neiaas; tax photo via PropertyShark

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