The lot at 200 Kent Avenue is now clearing out for a six-story commercial building, for which renderings have also appeared. YIMBY last reported on this site in August of 2016, when two anonymous entities purchased the empty 22,640 square foot land for $33 million. The project has been shrouded in mystery regarding a potential deal with the Trader Joe’s grocery chain for 18,000 square feet of the ground floor and cellar.
Currently, the Trader Joe’s website does not show that they will be ‘dropping anchor’ at the Williamsburg site, and they do announce plans to open shop on the Upper West Side and in Washington, DC, in 2018. Isaac Hager of Cornell Realty Management is responsible for development, and Tectonic sent along the below snaps.
The 85-foot tall structure will yield 125,200 square feet of construction floor area, with 45,200 square feet dedicated to commercial use. The site will come with retail space on the first floor with a capacity for 724 people, and office space on floors three through six. The second floor will have attendant parking space, and an open-air terrace will occupy most of the third floor. There will be 44 parking spaces within the cellar.
ME Architect P.C. is responsible for the design.
Demolition permits were filed in 2011. The estimated completion date for the project is late 2018.