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.
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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