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 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 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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