The first renderings up for a new residential project at 8-16 Nevins Street in Downtown Brooklyn, which Bushburg Properties is developing; the reveal comes from the building’s architect, the Stephen B. Jacobs Group, which posted the renderings to the firm’s website. The Real Deal first reported on Bushburg’s acquisition last September, when the two lots that comprise the site were bought for $16.3 million.
While no permits have been filed, the existing structures are apparently occupied by tenants with short-term leases, and demolition will be simple. Despite the lack of DOB filings, The SBJ Group’s page on the development gives all the necessary details, and indicates the tower will total 135,000 gross square feet, split between 136 apartments, in addition to ground-floor retail. Bushburg’s high-rise will also include an affordable component, allowing the developer to build beyond the lot’s potential under current zoning, which would otherwise limit its scope to 90,000 square feet.
8-16 Nevins Street will stand 25 stories in total, and amenities will include a rooftop lounge. The building will be topped by a “metal mesh clad bulkhead [which] glows at night with the use of LED lighting.”
SBJ has a great track record, and the firm has a slew of projects currently in the works across the New York City region; their work on Glenwood’s towers that are rising as part of the Fordham redevelopment prove the firm’s versatility, as those buildings are relatively classical cousins to the decidedly contemporary scheme for 8-16 Nevins Street.
Brooklyn’s skyline is lacking in nighttime icons, and 8-16 Nevins Street will further enhance the developing Downtown area; the LED lighting atop the tower will be similar to the scheme that was recently deployed at 388 Bridge Street, and hopefully more of the new high-rises will employ dazzling visuals. While some may consider the LEDs to be gimmick-y, their presence will distinguish the DoBro skyline from its comparatively boring counterparts in Long Island City and New Jersey.
The vertical elements of 8-16 Nevins may be the most obvious, but its presence at the street-level will also present an improvement to Downtown Brooklyn; as SBJ’s website notes, the site provides “the opportunity to establish a pedestrian connection between Grove Place and Nevins Street in the hope of activating the urbanistically significant alley.”
No completion date has been announced, but given the recent acquisition of the site, construction appears to be imminent.
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