Permits Filed: ODA Designing 18 and 22-Story Towers at 420 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg

420 Kent Avenue420 Kent Avenue, overhead from Bing Maps

Williamsburg’s waterfront is host to several high-profile new developments either under construction or in the works, and now we can add 420 Kent Avenue to that list. There, two blocks south of the Williamsburg Bridge, Spitzer Enterprises is developing a two-towered complex, for which the architect will be ODA.

The new job filing mixes the figures between the towers, and the given roof height of 185 feet is likely for the 18-story building outlined in the Schedule A (which will have 179 units). Its 22-story companion is slightly more mysterious, but the total number of units listed in the permit is 270, which share 311,224 square feet of residential square footage between the two buildings. At the ground level, 420 Kent Avenue will have 2,001 square feet of retail space.

Crain’s reported that the site went into contract over the summer, with Spitzer buying its 2.8 acres for $165 million. Plans have evidently shifted dramatically from an initial proposal back in 2006, which had to navigate through ULURP.

420 Kent Avenue

Old plan for 420 Kent Avenue, image from Brownstoner

The Real Deal dissected the old plans, which would have broken the development between one 18-story and 104-unit building, and a larger 24-story and 309-unit tower, with the total scope measuring 600,000 square feet. While permit applications in special cases like 420 Kent Avenue often contain inaccurate information, the refined Schedule A would indicate a relatively major shift in massing, and an overall scope that has seemingly shrunk.

ODA’s conception for the site will certainly be more appealing than the previous iteration, which thankfully never got too close to leaving the drawing boards. Nearby, some of ODA’s Brooklyn projects include a subdued and contextual mid-rise at 190 South 1st Street, and on the larger side, a 30-story tower at 436 Albee Square.

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