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Conceptual rendering of 930 Flushing Avenue by Raad

It’s like Kansas landed on a Brooklyn rooftop.

These stunning conceptual renderings for Bushwick’s controversial Rheingold Brewery mega-development depict almost everything you could want in a Brooklyn building: a luxe hotel, retail and residential space, swimming pool and, of course, the city’s — possibly the world’s — largest urban farm.

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Read Property Group, developer of the massive Bushwick mega-project Rheingold Brewery — it encompasses at least 10 city blocks — has sold part of the site to another developer, named Joel Goldman. The sale has not yet hit public records, but Read told local Council Member Antonio Reynoso and community development watchdog group Rheingold Construction Committee about the sale, City Limits reported.

It’s business as usual for developers to resell or flip development sites. But Reynoso and community organizers are worried Goldman and another developer, Rabsky — which also bought part of the site last year, for $53,000,000 — won’t honor the promises Read made to build affordable housing on the site in exchange for a 2013 rezoning.

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Bushwick residents packed a town hall meeting convened by a local community group to push for affordable housing at the massive Rheingold Brewery development in Bushwick. City Council Member Antonio Reynoso called on developer Rabsky to live up to a 2013 promise made by its predecessor, developer Read Property, to include affordable housing.

The former industrial space, which is being redeveloped as apartments and shops, covers about 10 city blocks close to Flushing and Bushwick avenues. However, the protest may be much ado about nothing.

Rabsky already said in June it has every intention of including affordable housing in its developments. The community group, the Rheingold Construction Committee, apparently isn’t buying it. 

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Hillary Clinton calls Bruce Ratner

At the Make It In Brooklyn Innovation Summit, we asked Bruce Ratner how he felt about having Hillary Clinton as a tenant at 1 Pierrepont Plaza, a building he built way back in 1987. His answer: “I was honored. I was sort of surprised. I’m delighted. No matter what my politics are.”

Ratner went on to share that Clinton personally called him a week after leasing the space. “It wasn’t for a campaign contribution,” he clarified. Building on the banter, Forest City Ratner President and CEO Maryanne Gilmartin chimed in, “It was a fair market deal. She’s paying rent.”

Summer fun

Summer came in with a vengeance this week and Montrose Morris reminded us how Brooklynites survived in the past by flocking to their own Riviera and snapping up “apartcots” (apartment cottages) for the season, or longer. There are still a few left—but not many.

Wednesday night walking tours from the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy are on every week throughout the summer. Don’t miss Bugs ’n’ Blooms and The Awesome Oyster, among other fun topics. A couple of blocks away, in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo, you can see a free concert every Thursday evening

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The developer behind a building at the Rheingold Brewery site in Bushwick is being accused of trying to back out of affordable housing promises that were made during the rezoning process, according to a report by DNAinfo. In a statement forwarded to us, the developer denied the claims.

The planned seven story, 393-unit rental building at 10 Montieth Street, developed by Rabsky Group and designed by ODA New York, will feature a 25,000-square foot green roof, according to the renderings released in March. According to DNAInfo, however, plans currently filed with the city show that affordable housing isn’t part of the plan.

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We finally have renderings for the ODA-designed project making up one of 10 large buildings in the massive Rheingold Brewery mega-development coming to Bushwick. Like most ODA designs, unsurprisingly, it is a variation on the theme of assemblages of boxes. But we are pretty blown away by the unusual concept for the entire complex, which occupies most of a block. It remains to be seen if the reality will be as good as the renderings, but it is certainly one of the most interesting buildings going up in Brooklyn.

The seven-story, 392-unit project will be topped with a 25,000-square-foot green rooftop. The zigzagging roof will incorporate a running/hiking course, urban farming areas and an outdoor cross-training facility, according to The Real Deal, which was first to publish the renderings. Other amenities include a 19,000-square-foot interior courtyard with a dog run, a fire pit and a mini amphitheater, as well as a climbing wall, coworking spaces, cafe and a gym, The Daily News reported.

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A percentage of the huge and hotly debated Rheingold Brewery development site in Bushwick has just sold for $11,250,000, according to public records. The collection of nearly 50 commercial properties includes the former brewery at 930 Flushing, as well as a long list of small adjacent commercial properties on Stanwix Street, Melrose Street, Monteith Street, and Flushing and Bushwick avenues. The buyer is RP Acquisitions LLC, which we’re guessing is an arm of Read Property, the developer that already owns the site. The deed transfers 12.5 percent of the property to this LLC, which explains the low sale price. 

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The City Council voted yesterday to rezone the former site of the Rheingold Brewery in Bushwick, where developer Read Property plans to build a massive complex of about 10 buildings spanning about five blocks, DNAinfo reported. The mixed-use buildings will rise seven and eight stories high and house 977 rental apartments and 54,000 square feet of retail.

Councilwoman Diana Reyna and local housing advocates negotiated with the developer to increase the number of affordable units from 20 percent to 30 percent of the development. However, as DNAinfo pointed out, the deal with Read is not legally binding and not part of the plan approved by City Council.

Rezoning of Rheingold Brewery Site in Bushwick Approved by City Council [DNAinfo]
Bushwick Community Groups Call for Deal With Rheingold Brewery Developer [Brownstoner]
Rendering from Read Property via New York Daily News

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The City Planning Commission met this morning at 10 am to discuss the rezoning of the Rheingold Brewery site, where developer Read Property Group wants to build a massive commercial and residential development. Community Board 4 already approved a proposal to have the site rezoned in July during a closed meeting, but the decision could be declared invalid because the public wasn’t present. (City Council Member Diana Reyna said she is investigating.)

The developer proposes to build eight 10-story buildings housing 977 apartments and 54,000 square feet of retail space. Twenty percent of the apartments will be affordable housing. The mostly vacant property between Bushwick and Evergreen Avenues is currently zoned for manufacturing, and the developer has to undergo a lengthy public review process to have it rezoned for residential and commercial use.

No word yet on what happened at the meeting this morning, but we will let you know as soon as we do.

Bushwick Pushes Back on Huge Development Plans [Brownstoner]
Developer Moves on Plans for Big Bushwick Complex [Brownstoner]
Rendering from Read Property via New York Daily News