Last month, YIMBY brought you exclusive news of a TF Cornerstone building going up in Downtown Brooklyn, at 33 Bond Street.
After filing demolition permits last month for the five-story parking garage (which they bought from Thor Equities for $70 million earlier this year), the developer has filed for building permits for the project. Gary Handel, who also designed TF Cornerstone’s two buildings on West 37th Street, is the architect of record.
The building has the bulk of an old pre-war, only rising 25 stories despite its sizable 734,232-square foot construction floor area. Zoning limits the project’s height to 250 feet, which is ahistorical given the nearby 512-foot Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, and especially silly given the similarly-sized towers that will rise at Atlantic Yards. Net residential floorspace totals 564,480 square feet, which will be divided among 714 apartments, 20 percent of which will be let at below-market rates; 33 Bond will also include nearly 30,000 square feet of retail space.
Anything would be an improvement on the hulking garage that’s blighted the site since the ’70s, but Handel’s design contains one extremely welcome feature: the absence of unsightly PTAC units for heating and air conditioning, whose ubiquitous below-window grills have marred the façades of New York City rental buildings for decades. It’s unclear why TF Cornerstone chose to forgo them, but the decision is appreciated, as PTACs are often the difference between a building that’s simple filler and one that’s actively grating on the eyes.
TF Cornerstone could not be reached for comment on exact timing, but last month the developer told YIMBY that construction would begin soon, so it shouldn’t be long before groundbreaking.
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