Revealed: 599 Johnson Avenue, Bushwick Nightclub Conversion

599 Johnson Avenue, image via Thorofare Capital599 Johnson Avenue, image via Thorofare Capital

Back in May, a developer filed plans to convert a warehouse into a nightclub at 599 Johnson Avenue, on the eastern edge of Bushwick’s industrial business zone. Now we have the first look at the warehouse’s transformation, which will liven up a pretty dead commercial block between Scott and Gardner Avenues.

The two-story building will have two performance spaces, a restaurant and bar, and offices on the first floor, a bar and lounge with a kitchen on the second floor, and a third bar on the roof. The 13,866-square-foot structure will also gain 21,815 square feet, likely by expanding into the parking lot next door.

And the current drab exterior will undergo a dramatic renovation. Small windows on the second floor will become large, factory-style windows that let in lots of light, and an attractive, glassed-in storefront will replace a set of dirty, cracked windows on the first floor. Finally, the exterior will change from unattractive stucco to a fairly contextual brick.

Kossar + Garry are the architects of record, but we don’t know whether they are responsible for the rendering.

The owner, Jon Killkelly of Bushwack Capital, secured $4,237,000 for the project, according to lender Thorofare Capital, where we discovered this rendering. He also pre-leased 60% of the space, which means that he has an anchor tenant—either a venue or a bar. The renovation will cost $1,050,000, or roughly $81 a square foot.

He picked up the 15,421-square-foot property for $4,450,000 in February.

Bushwack is also trying to crowdfund a similar conversion for a warehouse at 99 Scott Avenue, only a block south of 599 Johnson. There, they hope to create a beer garden, winery and event hall. The firm wants to raise $1,000,000 through CityFunders, a real estate crowdfunding site.

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