Exclusive Reveal for 120 Java Street’s Impending Transformation in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

120 Java Street at dusk, rendering courtesy SL Development120 Java Street at dusk, rendering courtesy SL Development

New renderings are out for the conversion and expansion of the old church at 120 Java Street, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and YIMBY has the exclusive close-ups. The project is located just three blocks away from the Greenpoint Avenue subway station, serviced by the G trains. The existing structure had functioned as the parish hall for a nearby Episcopal church, Church of the Ascension. Developer Chris Horrigan, of Horrigan Companies, purchased the site in July of 2015 for $4,050,000, along with air rights from the church’s place of worship at 127 Kent Street. The building had been used as a relief spot during Hurricane Sandy. The project has since passed hands, and now SL Development is leading its dramatic transformation and residential rebirth.

120 Java Street, image courtesy SL Development

120 Java Street, image courtesy SL Development

The design shows a greater intent for adaptive reuse of the historic structure, especially when compared with the older building. The four brick columns will remain, as well as the remnants of the arched brick near the top of the facade. The inspiration for the window’s placement came from a hotel conversion located in Amsterdam. The deliberate fenestration allows for minimal demolition of the façade.

With regards to the appearance, SL Development’s Managing Principal Ray Steffen told YIMBY:

“Rawlings Architects wanted to do punched windows similar to an Amsterdam hotel conversion.  The punched windows fit the floor plates without demolishing the facade, and they felt Brooklyn cool.”

120 Java Street Inspiration from Amsterdam

120 Java Street Inspiration from Amsterdam

The building will create 18 apartments from 23,150 square feet, averaging 1,300 square feet apiece.

120 Java Street rooftop view, image courtesy SL Development

120 Java Street rooftop view, image courtesy SL Development

Views from the roof will give future tenants comprehensive vistas of the city’s skyline.

120 Java Street, rendering courtesy SL Development

120 Java Street, rendering courtesy SL Development

Rawlings Architects is responsible for the design. Construction is currently underway inside the building. The estimated completion date has not been announced but 2019 would be a reasonable estimate.

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10 Comments on "Exclusive Reveal for 120 Java Street’s Impending Transformation in Greenpoint, Brooklyn"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: As a winner towards inspiration from Amsterdam.

  2. Looks Like A Perfect Interiors Job For The Meshberg Group. The Do GREAT Work!

  3. What an ugly and out-of-place blot on a beautiful block in Greenpoint.
    It’s not “Brooklyn cool”- it’s contempt for Brooklyn and part of its slow destruction.
    The ridiculous windows do not merely “punch out” as the deveopers so proudly proclaim.
    They slap the community with no regard for continuity or connection to their surroundings.
    It seems that for far too many developers, and for the rch and well-to-do,
    the term YIMBY only applies other OTHER people’s backyards, and not to their own gated communities and protected enclaves.
    That’s the real destructive and sad meaning of rampant gentrification.
    It’s a death – not a rebirth – an ugly disease that hollows out and callously destroys communities and their people.
    To quote that ultimate sleezy real estate developer now temporarily degrading the whitehouse: “So sad, so sad…”.

  4. Kind of ugly. Was the extra few hundred square feet really worth those weird grey things?

  5. Laura Hofmann | March 21, 2018 at 9:31 pm | Reply

    This is a terrible design. I’m shocked that the Landmarks Commission approved it. It does nothing to preserve the character and meaning of that church.

  6. This building is hideous. Have the designers spent any time in the neighborhood at all? Why are you changing our beautiful historic neighborhood into an ugly industrial nightmare?

  7. Destroying the character and charm of the neighborhood is not “Brooklyn cool”. This is disgusting.

  8. Lol at the literal NIMBY’s above, afraid of change in NYC of all places. This conversion looks perfectly fine, if unexciting. The rooftop image is a laugh, that will be very different as the waterfront towers go up in the next few years. The only blight upon Greenpoint from this building will be the surely low-wattage personalities who invariably inhabit such overpriced units.

  9. Diane Pniewski | July 4, 2018 at 3:12 am | Reply

    What happened to the stuff inside I’m looking for a candle stand that you would light a candle for someone if you have any please get in touch wit me Ibwould appreciate sweet much Thank you. I???

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