New permit filings for 470 Manhattan Avenue, accompanied by the first on-site renderings, reveal the sprawling residential development is now moving forward. The structure sits on the southwest corner of a wedge-shaped lot bordered by Eckford Street, Newtown Street, and Manhattan Avenue, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
As reported by YIMBY in 2015, the building will top-out at 70 feet above street level, and contain over 138,000 square feet of residential area, with an additional 3,700 square feet reserved for amenities. The 135 rental units will be spread among a total of seven floors.
The updated filings, however, reveal an open-air, tenant parking garage on the northeast portion of the parcel that will accommodate up to 57 vehicles, down from the originally reported 68-vehicle capacity lot.
In November of 2015, environmental engineering firm AKRF determined a Remedial Action Work Plan would be required before the development could move forward, following the discovery of toxic compounds in the underlying soil and groundwater.
The work plan would eventually entail an exhaustive clean-up to render the site protective of public health, both during construction and following completion. While at first alarming, the poor soil quality is to be expected, considering the generations of heavy manufacturing in the neighborhood and the catastrophic Greenpoint Oil Spill of 1978.
The most recent applications filed name Hill West as the design architect and Heatherwood Luxury Rentals as developer of the property, d/b/a 470 Manhattan Ave, LLC.