One of the last under-developed plots on Williamsburg’s pricey Northside is about to grow a six-story building. Builder Moshe Braver has decided to expand a 19th-century brick warehouse at 286 Wythe Avenue, on the corner of North 1st Street, into a 70-foot-tall mixed-use development.
New building applications filed on Friday reveal plans for 45 apartments and 13,300 square feet of ground floor commercial space. The permits don’t specify retail, but a clothing boutique or wine bar seems likely. Wythe Avenue’s commercial strip isn’t as well established as Kent Avenue’s one block to the west, but a growing number of cafes and shops now populate the once-industrial blocks north of Grand Street.
Those 45 apartments will be spread across 39,096 square feet of residential space, yielding a unit-average of 846 square feet. Residential will begin on the second floor, with six units, followed by 14 units on the third floor, 11 on the fourth, nine apartments on the fifth and six units on the top floor.
Parking for 24 cars will fill part of the second floor—the minimum amount required by the zoning code. There will be 1,400 square feet of indoor recreation space on the second and third floors, as well as a shared roof deck. Several apartments will have private terraces.
The existing single-story building is fairly large, spanning 11,950 square feet between North 1st and Grand Streets. Ultimately, the structure will grow to 82,458 square feet, including the cellar. Karl Fischer is the architect of record.
Braver, who appears to be linked with Brooklyn investor Joseph Brunner, has been busy at the Department of Buildings recently. In the last month, he has filed for two buildings on Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick, with 180 units and 68 units respectively.