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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Revealed: 119-123 Kent Avenue

119 Kent Avenue -- image via Muroff Architects

Renderings are up for a new mixed-use development at 119 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, which will add a single-family residence atop a new commercial space. Anthony Fernicola is the site’s developer, and Muroff Architects — the source of the images — is designing.

An online flyer from Winick Realty has the details on the retail space’s specifications, and it will span “approximately 3,000 square feet” across the ground levels of both the new building and adjacent structures, from 119-123 Kent Avenue.

Permits for the development are slightly complicated, as existing buildings are being combined, and the actual ‘new’ component of the project will be relatively small. Outside of retail renovations, 121 and 123 Kent Avenue will remain largely intact.

119 Kent Avenue is a slightly different story; filings for the lot indicate that it will give rise to a 7-story building with 812 feet of ground-floor retail, and a 9,771 square foot residence above. With only one unit, the building will essentially become the Williamsburg equivalent of a mansion.

119 Kent Avenue

119 Kent Avenue — image via Muroff Architects

Muroff’s page on the project details the abode’s features, which include “private elevator access, [an] underground garage elevator, and a 3rd floor infinity pool.”

Aesthetically, the development will be appealing — especially for typical Williamsburg standards — and the new building will offer a significant improvement compared to the site’s old structure, which had been partially renovated but remained unattractive. The glass and brick facade will meld into the streetscape, and the new retail will enhance the neighborhood’s vibrancy, as the waterfront continues to rejuvenate.

119 Kent Avenue

Existing 119 Kent Avenue, via Google Maps

Demolition permits for the existing building were first filed in 2011, and given the latest renderings and news via Winick, construction appears to be moving forward.

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Construction Update: 261 North 9th Street

261 North 9th Street

Construction is making rapid headway at 261 North 9th Street in Williamsburg, which had previously been delayed by the recession; renderings for the project have also been posted on-site. DOB filings list the site’s developer as the recently deceased Menachem Stark, and the architect of record is Karl Fischer.

261 North 9th Street

261 North 9th Street

Permits — approved on March 4th — indicate that 261 North 9th Street will measure 49,100 square feet, with 42 residences spanning five floors. The first level will also have space for 63 bicycles, and 22 vehicles.

The surrounding neighborhood is in the midst of a building boom; nearby, 223 North 8th Street is also rising, and several vacant lots are primed for imminent development.

While the aesthetics of 261 North 9th Street may be somewhat controversial given general public disdain for Karl Fischer’s work, the built form looks relatively simple, and barring a garish facade, the development should be a net-benefit to Williamsburg. More housing will help alleviate soaring prices, and the surge of neighborhood construction may finally make a dent in the rapidly soaring demand for new housing stock.

261 North 9th Street

261 North 9th Street

Apparently Menachem Stark’s death has had no effect on the project’s construction, as his murder came prior to the approval of permits; 261 North 9th Street is already nearly topped-out, and while signage indicates completion is anticipated for this month, late 2014 would seem to be a better estimate.

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Permits Filed: 265 Van Brunt Street

265 Van Brunt Street -- image via Google Maps

The first permits are up for a new residential development at 265 Van Brunt Street, in Red Hook. The DOB filings — which come with a notice at the bottom that they are ‘for zoning review only’ — were submitted on behalf of Cheever Development, and OCV Architects is designing the project.

265 Van Brunt Street has a storied recent history, which begs the question of whether local NIMBYs will seek to preserve the current one-story garage on site; it served as a heroin mill as recently as 2011.

Clearly, the garage’s redevelopment will be beneficial to the neighborhood, and permits indicate the development’s total scope will measure 18,327 square feet, with the entirety of the new building to be dedicated to residential space. 265 Van Brunt Street — which also has an address of 102 Visitation Place — will have 19 units in total, spanning three floors.

Other than a fling with illegal activities, the existing structure has no notable attributes, though the surrounding neighborhood is certainly of interest; unfortunately, it was devastated during Hurricane Sandy, when it became part of New York Harbor. Per The New York Times flood map, the entire block was submerged, with the surge rising up to six feet above street level.

NY Times Flood Map, 265 Van Brunt Street

Flooding at 265 Van Brunt Street, outlined in dark blue; map via the New York Times

Indeed, with regards to surrounding buildings, “garden-level apartments [were] depopulated, and even the ones that have been cleared of mud and sodden belongings [reeked] dankly of mold.”

The design of 265 Van Brunt Street will have to take flood-mitigation measures into account, given the location’s extreme vulnerability to storm surge events. Nevertheless, the resurgence in Red Hook is promising, and hopefully Cheever’s development signals a larger push for new, storm-resistant housing.

With regards to the above, the planned three-story height of 265 Van Brunt may be unwise, given the entire first level will be prone to flooding; the city has been negligent in establishing new zoning standards for neighborhoods impacted by Sandy, where additional height to avoid future flooding should be highly encouraged. It is impossible to move a flood zone, but designing buildings that can withstand future events with minimal impacts should be a top priority.

No completion date for 265 Van Brunt has been announced, but demolition permits for the existing garage were filed on the 17th, so progress is evidently imminent.

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New Renderings: The Kestrel, 33 Caton Place

The Kestrel, at 33 Caton Place -- image by DJ Associates

A tipster has submitted new renderings of 33 Caton Place, which has been dubbed The Kestrel; yesterday, Brownstoner reported that Halstead Property Development Marketing has been tapped to handle marketing and leasing. The building was designed by DJ Associates Architect PC and Luca Andrisani Architects, and the developer is Sam Boymelgreen.

Permits indicate the development has 116,843 square feet of space, which is divided between 126 residences; that translates into an average apartment size of approximately 900 square feet, and the project is a mix of studios, one, two, and three-bedroom units. The Kestrel stands eight stories tall.

The Kestrel

Living room rendering — image by DJ Associates

The new renderings reveal a dynamic facade, characterized by a mix of masonry and metalwork; the building’s exterior will also be dotted with small balconies. After the sixth floor, the setback will yield to several terraces.

Aesthetically, The Kestrel looks appealing, though the quality of the metalwork will determine the final grade of its appearance. The project’s green roof is plainly visible in the latest rendering — unlike the previous reveal — with grass sprouting above the building’s top floor. While the vegetation may have been slightly dramatized, a green roof is a good thing regardless of the height of the grass.

The Kestrel

The Kestrel — 33 Caton Place

Completion of 33 Caton Place is expected this year, with leasing set to begin next month.

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