In April, developer Yidel Hirsch filed plans to build a six-story apartment building on the site of a former chemical factory at 215 Freeman Street, on the corner of McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint. The Department of Buildings disapproved those plans, but he’s filed new building applications to develop another residential project across the street at 216 Freeman Street.
Like 215 Freeman, this development will also rise six stories and 70 feet into the air. But 216 Freeman will be about 5,000 square feet larger. It will have 30 apartments spread across 23,030 square feet and a parking lot large enough for 15 cars. The average unit will measure 767 square feet, so rentals are likely in the works.
Queens Village-based engineer Julien Flander applied for the permit, and the developer, Hirsch, is headquartered on the corner of Broadway and Havermeyer Street in South Williamsburg.
The 2,5000-square-foot empty lot hasn’t changed hands since 1973, but a sale will likely hit the public records soon.
This corner of Greenpoint is particularly forlorn, because it’s right next to a large industrial zone, the entrance to the Pulaski Bridge, and an incredibly busy five lane stretch of McGuinness Boulevard. But the development pressure in the neighborhood is high, since it can command Williamsburg-level rents and offers waterfront views.
The Nuvite Chemical Company factory at 215 Freeman sold for $7,500,000 in March, or $400 per buildable square foot.