Possible Future Home of Trader Joe’s Nears Completion on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg

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A new building long rumored as a future home for a Trader Joe’s is just about complete in Williamsburg.

Located at 200-206 Kent Avenue, it stands six stories tall and will mostly be dedicated to offices and retail space with parking underground and, unusually, on the second level. When we strolled past in the summer of 2019, the building had topped out but had not yet acquired its cladding or windows.

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The River Street facade

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An entrance to the commercial space on Metropolitan Avenue

The glassy first floor commercial space now has windows in all but a few spots. A glimpse through an open door showed workers busy in the interior and escalators leading to the lower level.

The first floor is topped with a story of parking, wrapped in perforated metal cladding. While the original filings said the third floor would contain an outdoor terrace and office space, a leasing sign posted at the site indicates that the indoor space will now be dedicated to retail. An online listing says 27,160 square feet of a total of 41,000 square feet of retail space is available, potentially leaving space for Trader Joe’s.

The elevated upper stories are clad in glass not quite as bright blue as depicted in the original rendering. Those floors will be dedicated to office space. Jutting through the glassy rectangle on North 3rd Street is a grey-clad bulkhead tower.

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.

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A detail of the perforated cladding

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A leasing sign at the ground floor

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An entrance on Kent Avenue

It was back in 2015 that Trader Joe’s was first linked to the retail space on the ground floor of the building, although they have not yet publicly confirmed they are involved. Leasing for the space is being handled by Cushman and Wakefield.

Michael Even is the architect of record, and LIVWRK handled the design of the building.

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

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Rendering posted on the construction fence

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A view along River Street

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The block in 2015. Photo by Gregg Snodgrass for PropertyShark

[Photos by Susan De Vries unless noted otherwise]

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