L train shutdown be damned. One of the most ambitious — and attractive — Brooklyn office developments to come along in decades is betting on reshaping the geography of the city — and where the worker of the future lives, works, and plays — by giving startups a place to flourish in Williamsburg.

But first, the block-long development at 25 Kent Avenue has to go through the lengthy public approval process known as ULURP.


Heritage Equities filed plans today with the New York City Department of Buildings to construct a 400,000-square-foot office building at 19 Kent Avenue for creative, tech and community facilities. The 80,000-square-foot full-block site (bounded by North 12th, North 13th, Kent and Wythe) sits within two blocks of the Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn Bowl and the Brooklyn Brewery and several new and pending hotels and, as far as we can tell, will be the first spec built office building to be built in Brooklyn since before World War II. Chris Havens of, the broker for the project, tells us that renderings and further details will be available early next year. GMAP

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