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.
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.
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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