A sprawling seven-story residential building may replace a cluster of warehouses and office buildings at 22 Eckford Street, next to McCarren Park in Greenpoint.
Luxury rental developer Heatherwood has filed new building applications for a 153,219-square-foot project on a wedge-shaped corner lot bordered by Eckford Street, Newtown Street and Manhattan Avenue. The 70-foot-tall structure would hold 135 apartments, and average units would be relatively spacious at 1,134 square feet. If these are rentals, the size alone would make them some of the neighborhood’s priciest apartments.
A lobby, amenities and parking would fill the first floor, followed by 24 units on the second floor and 25 units each on the third through sixth floors. The seventh floor would have 11 apartments.
The amenities include a lounge, game room and conference room on the ground floor, as well as a garage with 68 parking spots and 72 bike storage spaces—the minimum required by zoning.
The project is also about 60,000 square feet larger than the city allows as-of-right, meaning that it probably includes below-market units. New York’s inclusionary housing program offers a 33% increase in floor area for any new building that rents 20% of its units as affordable housing in North Williamsburg or a small area of southern Greenpoint.
Goldstein, Hill and West applied for the permit.
Heatherwood, based in Commack, N.Y., has mostly developed small homes and midsize apartment buildings on Long Island. But the firm also built two rental buildings with nearly 200 units just south of McCarren Park in the mid-2000s. Collectively known as The Union, 544 and 568 Union Avenue offer studios from $2,400, one-bedrooms for $3,150 and two-bedrooms from $4,100.
Here on Eckford Street, the developer managed to cobble together four properties spanning 31,300 square feet. 22 Eckford hasn’t changed hands since 1998, but Heatherwood spent $6,100,000 on the corner lot at 470 Manhattan Avenue in 2013 and shelled out another $2,250,000 for two warehouses on Newtown Street last year.