The redevelopment of Williamsburg from industrial wasteland to residential enclave has been a slow and relentless process, and this is particularly true around Metropolitan and Union Avenues. Permits were first filed for construction of 80 Ainslie Street in June of 2015, and now, the building’s timber frame is coming into view. Syndicate Architecture is responsible for the design.
Concern about the safety of cross-laminated timber in the instance of a fire is persistent. The great fire of London in 1666 is just one example of why this fear exists. But many in the industry are adamant that technological innovations have limited the safety issues. Thomas Robinson, head of Portland-based Lever Architecture, spoke to that concern with CBS News, citing a test performed on the material, requiring it to survive two hours inside a furnace burning at 2,000 degrees. The material is already being widely adopted, including in another project in Williamsburg, another in Newark, and another possible 1,148-foot tall tower in earthquake-prone Tokyo. The W350 Tower would cost $5.6 billion USD to build.
The 65-foot tall 80 Ainslie Avenue will yield 16,000 square feet, with 11,400 square feet dedicated to residential use, and 4,560 square feet for commercial-retail use. 16 apartments will be created, averaging 712 square feet apiece, indicating rentals. Eight parking spaces will be included on site. Residents will have access to a lobby, recreational terrace on the second floor, a laundry room, and bicycle storage space.
Parkview Management is responsible for the development.
Progress has been slower than initially expected, seeing how signage predicted a Summer 2018 completion, but the Williamsburg market is as hot as ever, so there is every reason to believe construction will finish by the end of the year, with move-ins promptly following.