In the fall of 2013, architect De-Jan Lu filed plans for a seven-story, 133-unit apartment building at 125 Borinquen Place in Williamsburg, only a block and a half from the BQE. Now YIMBY can reveal a slew of renderings for the development, which will fill a triangular lot at the corner of Borinquen, South 2nd and Rodney Streets.
The design is pretty boxy and angular, and the alternating balconies and wood panelling help break up the otherwise very long facade. It won’t be much taller than the buildings around it, but the structure’s size will definitely dwarf most of its neighbors. Interior renderings also show a landscaped interior courtyard with a fountain, and a bright, glassed-in atrium that reaches up to the roof.
The development will have 89,860 square feet of residential space, which works out to an average apartment size of only 675 square feet. The ground floor will house a little 438-square-foot retail space, and the development’s 68 enclosed parking spots will be spread between the cellar and first floors.
Apartments will be stacked on top, 24 per floor, except for the seventh floor, which will have only 13 units.
We’re assuming that 20% of the apartments will be affordable, because the project benefits from a 33% floor area bonus usually reserved for affordable housing. However, we haven’t been able to confirm that with the developer.
The DOB just approved this project’s plan exam application, so permits and construction probably aren’t far behind. The 25,860-square-foot property is still home to two single-story buildings, and demo permits haven’t been approved yet to knock them down.
Permits list the developer as Joel Schwartz of Grand Residences LLC, but the property has had the same owner since 1968, according to public records.