Revealed: 245 Manhattan Avenue, East Williamsburg

245 Manhattan Avenue, rendering from Mortar245 Manhattan Avenue, rendering from Mortar

In the heart of the residential section of East Williamsburg, at 245 Manhattan Avenue, a new project is under construction, with work reaching the second floor of what will soon be a five-story apartment building.

It will have 10 units spread over 10,000 square feet of residential space, for what we are guessing will be condos. The developer is listed as East River Capital Partners.

The design, by Anthony Morea’s Mortar Architecture + Development – a firm that’s been quite busy in Williamsburg lately – is sleek, dark, and heavily gridded.

Per the architect:

The building façade is a carefully composed relationship of sustainably sourced – Japanese inspired Shou-Sugi Ban – charred wood cladding, a reclaimed cypress wood canopy, steel, and glass. The homes include a mix of two- and three-bedroom residences, duplex townhomes with private street-level parking and landscaped gardens, and detailed penthouses with innovative building systems, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, landscaped terraces and a rooftop lounge. In addition, residences feature direct elevator access, open kitchens and modern custom baths.

The condos will replace a one-story brick warehouse last used as a printing studio (the project will technically be an alteration, not a new building), but the area is not commercially zoned, and there will be no ground-floor retail in the new building. Instead, the first floor will have two parking spaces, which are not required by zoning.

The last deed transfer was recorded in September of last year, when East River Capital Partners bought the development site for just over $3 million, or a whopping $300 per buildable square foot.

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