While part of the Broadway Triangle is still tied up in a hotly contested debate over rezoning and racial politics, developers are quickly moving to build on the remaining lots in the former industrial ‘hood at Williamsburg’s southern edge.
One such property is 221 Middleton Street, where plans were just filed to construct a six-story apartment building. It’ll have 13 units spread across 15,000 square feet of residential space, for an average, condo-sized unit of 1,153 square feet. The development will also include a subterranean three-car garage and a parking lot with four spots—exactly the number required by zoning.
There will be two apartments per floor, and a rec room and bike storage in the cellar. Flushing-based Chien Han Architect will handle the design.
Owner David Zheng picked up the 5,000-square-foot property for $650,000 in 2005, back when it was still zoned for manufacturing. A messy, controversial rezoning changed the block to residential in 2009, and Zheng finally demolished a factory on the lot earlier this year. It’s also worth noting that the rezoning—which many charge was designed to benefit Hasidic developers—will give this development a 421-a tax abatement.
This filing comes hot on the heels of several other large projects in the Broadway Triangle, including Rabsky Group’s planned 800-unit development on Wallabout Street, and an Adam America building at 120 Union Avenue.
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