Slate Property Group is one of Williamsburg’s most prolific developers at the moment, from big rental projects like 120 Union Avenue to boutique condo buildings like the one YIMBY can reveal today, 21 Powers Street.
21 Powers will replace a single-story warehouse on a low-slung, tree-lined block between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street, in East Williamsburg. The four-story development will have 10 units and 13,192 square feet of interior space, for an average apartment of 1,300 square feet.
Grasso Menziuso Architects filed the project’s new building applications in January, but the design architect is Adam Meshberg of Meshberg Group, headquartered in Vinegar Hill next to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Meshberg is responsible for some of Williamsburg’s more attractive new rental buildings, including 291 Metropolitan Avenue and 174 Jackson Street, as well as 341 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.
But Slate didn’t want a new, factory-style brick building like 291 Metropolitan. Instead, they’re aiming for something in between the Northside’s typical glassy rentals and a traditional converted warehouse. “We didn’t want to make it a faux historic building,” explained Slate principal David Schwartz. “We wanted to make it feel very modern but with some notes of the past. It doesn’t look like a warehouse, but something that respects the warehouse-iness of the neighborhood and looks residential.”
The design is an interesting mix of styles, incorporating arched window openings with nearly floor-to-ceiling casement windows. The facade will be clad in an unusual gray brick and accented with Corten steel, which will also hide the five parking spots on the ground floor.
More than half the condos will have private outdoor space, either in the backyard or a terrace, and they’ll be priced around $1400 or $1500 per square foot, according to Schwartz.
Construction is expected to start in the fall and last about two years, aiming for a completion date in spring or summer 2017.