Construction Update: 282 South Fifth Street

282 South Fifth Street282 South Fifth Street during demolition

Demolition is in full swing at 282 South Fifth Street in Williamsburg, which will soon give rise to a 13-story tower designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. YIMBY reader Paul sent in photos of progress, which has been significant – the site’s original occupant was a three-story bakery, which is now mostly debris.

282 South Fifth’s design actually bears some similarity to 432 Park Avenue, though on a much smaller scale – and without the 10 by 10 foot window panes. The buildings have similarly protruding facades, though unlike 432 Park, 282 South Fifth relates to the street through a large podium. Luckily 282 South Fifth’s base is the same height as neighboring buildings, thus maintaining the minimal street wall.

Regardless of the dissonance between the future facade of 282 South Fifth and the frontage of adjacent historic structures, the new building will be a major improvement compared to the old bakery. The space above the podium will be occupied by gardens and an outdoor cinema, as well; the design is certainly functional.

With deconstruction almost complete, excavation can soon begin. Completion has been tentatively scheduled for 2014, and 282 South Fifth Street will offer a total of 82 units.

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