Revealed: 143 Meserole Street

143 Meserole Street, rendering via New Empire Real Estate

Work has begun at 143 Meserole Street, in East Williamsburg, and YIMBY has come across a few renderings of the future six-story condo building. It will house ten units with a single parking space on the ground floor, with 7,480 square feet of net floor space and a total construction area of 11,344 square feet.

143 Meserole Street, rendering via New Empire Real Estate

143 Meserole Street, rendering via New Empire Real Estate

The building will add a splash of color to an otherwise brick-and-vinyl Meserole Street, which is slowly seeing its empty lots filled in. Blue will be the dominant color, with blue cladding in between the floor-to-ceiling windows and blue glass on the front balconies. A partial blue and white starburst will peak out from the structure’s eastern side, with the house number inscribed vertically in large numerals.

Sunset Park-based New Empire Real Estate is the developer. The design appears to be done in-house, with the architect – Building Consulting Engineering – based right next door. The duo is also responsible for 233 34th Street, an attractive and more restrained 18-unit condo project in Greenwood Heights.

233 34th Street, photo by Brownstoner

233 34th Street, photo by Brownstoner

Construction on 143 Meserole Street should wrap up in about 12 months, according to the developer.

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Posted in 143 Meserole Street | Brooklyn | Building Consulting Engineering | New Empire Real Estate | New York | Residential | Williamsburg

Permits Filed: 43 & 45 Maujer Streets

43 and 45 Maujer Street, in light red pre-demo, via Google Maps

Monday was a slow day at the Department of Buildings, and the most impressive filings came for twin apartment structures at 43 and 45 Maujer Street (which, YIMBY today learned, is pronounce ‘moy-jurr), in East Williamsburg.

The buildings each clock in at 6,807 square feet of construction area, of which 4,953 square feet will be usable residential floorspace. Each building will be four stories tall and contain seven rental apartments, the developer told YIMBY (though the building permits indicate seven in one and four in the other).

Neither building will have parking, as their unit counts fall below the threshold at which off-street spaces are required (more than 10 units for R6B zones). In fact, breaking the 50-foot-wide parcel up into two 25-foot lots was likely dictated by parking requirements – an inefficient arrangement which will drive up construction costs ever so slightly by requiring duplicates of various building systems.

Kubersky Management, which listed its office address right next door on Maujer Street, is the developer. Philip Toscano – whose Williamsburg portfolio ranges from modern glass and dark brick to more traditional light brick with masonry accents – is the architect.

The developer told YIMBY that the projects should break ground in about two months.

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Permits Filed: 262 Kent Avenue, Domino Sugar Factory Site A

262 Kent Avenue outlined in red, rendering by SHoP

Permits for 262 Kent Avenue, the northernmost site at Two Trees’ Domino Sugar Factory redevelopment, have been filed.

The building will sit on Site A, between Kent Avenue and River Street, just north of Grand Street. As with the filings earlier this month for Site D at 320 Kent, this application is just in preparation for infrastructure and groundwork, with actual construction coming later, after plans have been finalized and financing for the building is secured. The shorter building at Site E – the only one on the eastern side of Kent, bounded by South 3rd and 4th Streets – will be the first to go vertical, and half of its units will be reserved for below-market renters.

Domino Site Plan

Domino Plan, Site A outlined in red, image via SHoP

According to the permit, 262 Kent Avenue will contain nearly equal parts commercial (mostly office) and residential space, with about 281,869 square feet of total leasable floor area. The tower would rise 320 feet and 30 stories, with 93 apartments, for an average unit size of about 1,500 square feet – which is very large for rentals in Williamsburg. While the location and heat of the Williamsburg market would generally push builders in the direction of condos, Two Trees has said that it prefers holding onto its assets, and will therefore build rental apartments.

The office space was added after Two Trees took over the project from CPC Resources, in a deal whereby the developer swapped out a bit of residential space for a much larger amount of office space, which is seen as more amenable by local politicians wary of luxury housing.

Ismael Leyva is the architect of record, and while SHoP created the site’s masterplan, other architects will be designing some of the buildings. SHoP is set to design the first Site E building along with one other, though which building that will be has yet to be determined.

If 262 Kent Avenue does take on the form originally unveiled in the SHoP plan, it would be marked by a colorful bridge planted atop two towers – one with a traditional glass curtain wall, the other of the same colorful golden material as the bridge.

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Revealed: 53 Grand Street

53 Grand Street, rendering courtesy of Investmates

Earlier this month, YIMBY reported that building permits were filed for 53 Grand Street, a five-story residential building in Williamsburg. And today, we have a rendering.

Investmates, the Williamsburg-based development outfit behind the project, has plans to erect a 7,800-square foot condo structure on the site, located between Williamsburg’s higher-rent Northside and its grittier-but-prettier Southside. The building will be a boutique product, with just three duplex residences, featuring private garden space for the lower-level unit, roof space for the penthouse buyer, and luxury amenities like herringbone floors and fireplaces throughout.

The Meshberg Group, based in Vinegar Hill, will be responsible for design. ND Architecture & Design, a Red Hook-based firm led by Nataliya Donskoy — which has been taking on higher-end projects lately — is the architect of record.

The builders are maxing out the lot’s allowed square footage, which is unfortunately low; the pre-war tenement directly to the east exceeds the allowed density by about 50 percent, and appears to surpass the 50-foot height limit by a few feet as well.

The developers plan to break ground on 53 Grand Street at the beginning of 2015.

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Revealed: ODA’s Revamped 190 South 1st Street

190 South 1st Street rendering and existing structure pre-demo, images via ODA/Google Maps

The first renderings for Adam America’s 190 South 1st Street have been posted to the firm’s website, revealing the 13-story condominium development that will soon revitalize a forlorn corner of Williamsburg. Eran Chen of ODA is the architect of record.

Permits for the development were disapproved in May, but likely due to administrative reasons. 190 South 1st Street will total 38,957 square feet, with 30,693 square feet of residential space divided between 32 units. An additional 8,264 square feet will be used by a community facility, and the Schedule A indicates the first and second floors will include classrooms and a day care.

Adam America’s page notes that apartments will range from studios to 3-bedrooms, so the mix will be wide; ODA’s plan for the site is significantly nicer than most developments rising in Williamsburg. The previous design has seen significant revisions, and 190 South 1st Street has received a major upgrade; the extruded facade appears to be masonry or concrete, and contrasts pleasantly against floor to ceiling glass.

190 South 1st Street

190 South 1st Street, rendering by ODA

The end result incorporates balconies throughout the structure, and will include outdoor space above the community facility, activating the rooftop. In terms of both design and form, 190 South 1st Street will represent a major improvement for the neighborhood, and hopefully other Williamsburg developers will follow Adam America’s visually appealing lead.

No completion date for the project has been announced, but demolition filings for an on-site structure at 715 Driggs Avenue were issued in March; Naveh Shuster Limited is also involved in the development.

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Permits Filed: 320 Kent Avenue

320 Kent Avenue, image by SHoP

Two Trees’ Domino redevelopment continues to move forward, and administrative overhead is now underway; the first permits are up for 320 Kent Avenue, which is ‘Site D’ in the plan, adjacent to the Williamsburg Bridge. SHoP is the design architect, while Ismael Leyva is the architect of record.

DOB filings indicate that 320 Kent Avenue will span 470,106 square feet and 36 stories, rising 401 feet to its pinnacle. The tower will include a 41,801 square foot commercial component, and the remainder will be residential, divided between 392 units.

320 Kent Avenue

Domino Site Plan, 320 Kent Avenue outlined in red

While filings are now processing, a rep from Two Trees notes that permits have nothing to do with order of actual groundbreaking or construction, and are for infrastructure work (water, sewer, utility connections etc.) on all the waterfront sites.

Additionally, permits will eventually be amended when construction documents are finalized and financing is secured for each site. No plans have changed regarding the unit mix or unit number of the buildings, and use as well as design is tightly controlled by the rezoning that just passed.

Nevertheless, with infrastructure work now beginning, the latest filings are steps in the right direction for a project that has been years in the making, and the Domino redevelopment promises to revitalize the Williamsburg waterfront in a tremendous way. Though the design for 320 Kent Avenue may still see changes, SHoP’s plan is a positive departure from Vinoly’s initial conception of Domino, and the end-result is likely to benefit both the streetscape and the skyline.

Phase I of Domino is now beginning, though the site’s full build-out will not be finished until the 2020s.

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New Look: 263 North 9th Street

263 North 9th Street, image via Fortis Property Group

263 North 9th Street finally has a high quality rendering, though the on-site image does give a decent idea of the building’s overall form. Fortis Property Group is developing, and Perkins Eastman is the design architect.

Permits still list the now-deceased Menachem Stark as the developer, though Fortis has apparently stepped in to finish the building. A new set of DOB filings — approved last month — have revealed the project’s true scope, and it will measure 257,925 square feet, which is slightly larger than the previous permits had indicated. 263 North 9th Street will also have a community facility measuring 369 square feet.

The discrepancy between old and new permits may be partially explained by information on Fortis’ website, which notes the project will be split between approximately 150 rentals and 45 condominiums. Still, the scope given there is only 133,000 square feet, so the description is either missing a portion of the development, or the information on the DOB is incorrect.

261 North 9th Street

261 North 9th Street, progress as of late April

Aesthetically, the building will be quite attractive, especially for typical new construction in Williamsburg. The facade will be dominated by simple grey brick; at only five stories and 60 feet in height, the structure will blend into its surrounds while still adding a moderately substantial amount of density.

The surrounding neighborhood has several other projects underway, and on the same block, LCOR’s 250 North 10th Street recently opened. Williamsburg continues to boom, and 263 North 9th Street should be finished by 2015.

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Concept: 19 Kent Avenue

19 Kent Street, image by Workshop DA

19 Kent Avenue will become one of the largest office buildings in Williamsburg, but before the project’s current configuration, it was conceived as a potential mix of hotel and retail space. Workshop DA has renderings of the futuristic design, and given the size of the assemblage — which spans the entire block — the site leaves ample room for creativity.

The rendered version would have totaled 160,000 square feet, with new retail lining the entirety of the block. A courtyard would occupy the site’s center, with adjoining pedestrian arteries bisecting the shops, creating a lively public space along the ground level. 19 Kent Avenue’s 21-story hotel would rotate half-way up, allowing for “rooms with different view exposures.”

19 Kent Street

19 Kent Street at night inside courtyard, image by Workshop DA

Permits indicate the ultimate version of 19 Kent Avenue will span 384,000 square feet, and the additional density will benefit the neighborhood. While the Wythe Hotel has crowned the area’s renaissance, many vacant and underused lots remain, and escalating prices are pushing a surge in development.

Workshop DA’s vision for 19 Kent Avenue is nonetheless impressive, and its form evokes the creativity of both the Domino redevelopment and another unbuilt project by OMA, originally set for Jersey City. Shape-shifting architecture remains a relative rarity in New York City, but as technology keeps advancing, built envelopes will continue to evolve; Bjarke Ingels’ tetrahedron on 57th Street proves that unconventional massing can have its benefits, including the maximization of accessible outdoor space.

Heritage Equity is the site’s developer, and while Workshop DA’s concept will not be realized, the site’s eventual occupant will likely be large and attractive, given the neighborhood’s increasingly high-end appeal. DOB filings show that the new building will stand nine stories and 134 feet tall — substantially shorter than the renderings above — though evidently 19 Kent Avenue’s bulk will not be slight.

No completion date has been formally announced.

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Revealed: 59 Frost Street

59 Frost Street last September -- image via Google Maps

Renderings are up for a new affordable development at 59 Frost Street, in Williamsburg; Simon Dushinsky of The Rabsky Group is listed as the developer on permits, but Dunn Development also appears to be involved. The architect of record is Curtis + Ginsberg, and their website also has a rendering of the building.

59 Frost Street

59 Frost Street — image by Curtis + Ginsberg

59 Frost Street will have 47 units spanning 45,000 square feet and 7 floors. The entirety will be low-income housing, and per C + G, the building was “designed to minimize the impact of flooding,” which is certainly a prudent move given the impact Hurricane Sandy had on the neighborhood.

For affordable housing, the design is a departure from the norm; the facade is bisected by two different shades of grey brick, and windows are relatively large; some are also inset, giving depth to the exterior. Comparatively, 59 Frost Street may actually be more attractive than many other ‘luxury’ rental buildings in the neighborhood.

59 Frost Street

59 Frost Street — image by Curtis + Ginsberg

59 Frost Street replaces a warehouse that was recently razed, and the development is a step up for a part of Williamsburg that remains relatively under-built. Additional density would be even better considering that prices in the neighborhood continue to skyrocket, but Curtis + Ginsberg’s design will contribute to the street in a positive way, so at least the block will benefit.

Per Dunn’s website, completion of 59 Frost Street is expected in March of 2015.

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Permits Filed: 2 Grand Street

Domino Redevelopment, Phase 1 -- 2 Grand Street at far left, image by SHoP

UPDATE: Per Two Trees’ reps, the permits for 2 Grand Street were filed first as the site has a substantial amount of infrastructure work that must be done. The first building to begin construction will actually be ‘Site E,’ which is the only inland portion of the redevelopment.

Now that Two Trees’ plan for the Domino Redevelopment has passed through the City Council, work on the site’s new towers can finally begin, and the first permits are up for phase one, at 2 Grand Street. SHoP is the design architect, while Ismael Leyva is serving as the architect of record.

2 Grand Street will become a substantial addition to the Williamsburg waterfront, totaling 785,888 square feet, the bulk of which will be residential. At the base, 11,018 square feet will be occupied by ground-floor retail, while 75,145 square feet will be dedicated to a ‘community facility.’

Domino Redevelopment

Domino Redevelopment, 2 Grand Street at far left — image by SHoP

The remaining space will be split between 658 residences, and the tower will stand 35 stories and 369 feet tall. Height and affordability have both been contentious topics in the neighborhood, and ironically, many proponents of ‘affordable’ housing also favor prohibitive limits on density.

If prices on market-rate housing are to stop rising, then supply must rise to meet demand. The current state of ‘affordable’ 80/20 housing is defined by lotteries and luck, ultimately acting as a distraction from the larger problem affecting the vast majority of New Yorkers.

While the boondoggle of Domino’s final days traversing ULURP resulted in 40 additional ‘affordable’ units — for a total of 700 — the entirety of the redevelopment will still be beneficial, adding 1,582 market rate units. The relatively large bump may temporarily satisfy local demand, though the pressure on housing across Brooklyn is increasingly severe; since 2010, the borough’s population has increased by 82,558, yet only 5,358 new housing units have been delivered.

Domino is a major step in the continued riverfront revitalization in Williamsburg, and the recent push for mass-transit along the East River waterfronts of Brooklyn and Queens will hopefully come with zoning for more generous development.

Domino Redevelopment

Domino Redevelopment, base of 2 Grand Street at far right — image by SHoP

Completion of 2 Grand Street is likely within the next two to three years, while the project’s full, 3.3 million square foot build-out may take upwards of a decade.

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