Williamsburg is already home to the famous Brooklyn Brewery and the New York Distilling Company, and it looks like a new distiller may be setting up shop just over the border in Greenpoint. New building applications were filed for a three-story commercial building with a distillery on the ground floor at 14 Wythe Avenue, on a wedge-shaped lot bounded by Gem, Banker and North 15th Streets.
Plans call for a distillery, restaurant and retail on the first floor, offices, a dance studio and a “refreshment area accessory to the distillery” on the second floor, and more restaurant space on the third floor.
The 43,382-square-foot building will also have parking for 107 cars in the cellar.
When we spoke to the developer, David Mitchell of Mitchell Holdings, he said he couldn’t discuss any details about the project or its tenants. But we wonder if one of the liquor makers in the neighborhood is expanding. New York Distilling Co. is located just on the other side of McCarren Park at 79 Richardson Street, Greenhook Ginsmiths occupies an old warehouse on Dupont Street in northern Greenpoint, and The Noble Experiment makes and sells its rum out of a storefront in East Williamsburg.
Jeffery Cole Architects, based in Alphabet City, applied for the permit.
The 21,700-square-foot lot is vacant and currently used for parking and storage. The property sits at the northern edge of Williamsburg’s industrial zone, on a block where bars and hotels haven’t yet replaced single-story warehouses. The Brooklyn Night Bazaar used to operate in a warehouse next door at 165 Banker Street, but it left in June to make way for a BMW dealership.
This block is zoned M3 for heavy manufacturing, but commercial and retail development is allowed here.