Possible Future Home of Trader Joe’s Tops Out on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg


A new building has topped out near the already crowded Williamsburg waterfront.

Located at 200-206 Kent Avenue, it stands six stories tall and will mostly be dedicated to offices, with retail space on the ground floor and parking for 44 cars underground.

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The developer is Cornell Realty Management, who are active in the borough. They purchased the property in 2016 for $33 million. According to a story in The Real Deal, they have partnered with Asher Abehsera’s LIVWRK on the project.

Back in 2015, Trader Joe’s was linked to the retail space on the ground floor of the building, although it is unclear if they are still involved.

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Michael Even is the architect of record, and LIVWRK is handling the design of the building. The rendering shows retail spaces taking up the entire ground floor, outdoor space on the third floor and an elevated fourth, fifth and sixth floors with a blue glass facade.

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Rendering posted on the construction fence

There was once a two-story building on the large, block-long lot, which was demolished in 2015.

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The block in 2015. Photo by Gregg Snodgrass for PropertyShark

It will stand in an increasingly congested part of Williamsburg. Next door is the Kushner-owned Austin Nichols House, where the developer was sued by rent-stabilized tenants in July 2018. Two blocks away is the Domino mega-development, which will eventually include four residential buildings (one is completed; the second is close), the already open Domino Park and an office building in the transformed sugar refinery.

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