Last December, DOB permits were filed for a new seven-story apartment building at 305 Union Avenue, between South First and Second Streets in Williamsburg. Now, YIMBY has the first renderings of the project, dubbed “EcoRise Union Avenue.”
The 17-unit building will have a very modern aesthetic, dominated by glass and metal but softened by balcony trellises for climbing plants. The base will have a stone facing, which Garrison Architects says on their website “grounds [the building] in its hard-edged industrial environment.”
“The design of the EcoRise,” write the architects, “draws its inspiration from the Le Corbusier’s Maison Clarte apartment block to create a modern building alluding [to] its neighborhood’s industrial past.”
The units will be fairly large, at around 1,250 square feet on average, with a number of duplexes. While it could be rentals – the developer, Michael Schlegel, only paid around $100 a foot for the land in 2012 – the relatively large apartments and the clean, high-quality façade mean we’re betting on condos.
The building will contain 10 parking spaces on the ground level (perhaps explaining the stone and plant-covered bottom floor), just one parking spot more than required by code. The developer will be voluntarily including space for nine bicycles, as well.
We haven’t been by the site lately, but there have been a flurry of additional building permit filings this year, with the demolition permit for antecedent two-story building that filled part of the otherwise vacant lot filed in January. Construction is likely imminent, if it hasn’t already begun.
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