Excavation work is set to begin at 52 Fourth Avenue, the site of a nine-story residential building in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Designed by Gertler & Wente Architects and developed by Metropolitan Realty Exemptions under the RJ 4th Avenue LLC, the 55,000-square-foot structure will yield 52 rental apartments averaging 775 square feet apiece, as well as a cellar and ground-floor retail space. It was last reported that the units will come in a mix of one- and two-bedroom layouts and a select number of apartments will have their own private outdoor spaces. There will be four penthouses on the upper levels, each with its own outdoor space. Real Land Group is the general contractor for the property, which is located at the corner of Dean Street and Fourth Avenue.
Photographs taken at the end of January show the land cleared of the buildings that once stood on the parcel, and machinery sitting in preparation for pilings. We should see excavation and foundation work proceed over the coming weeks and months, followed by the superstructure sometime in the latter half of this year.
The rendering shows a grid of punched windows with dark metal framing, a staggered array of two-story rectangular sections of floor-to-ceiling glass, and light-brown brick masonry walls throughout. Most of the corners have balconies, and the final habitable level has pocketed terraces. A flat roof parapet caps the superstructure, and the ground floor has a 14-foot-high glass envelope for the retail frontage along Fourth Avenue. The residential entrance appears to be located along Dean Street.
Components include 41,120 square feet designated for residential space, 5,482 square feet for commercial space, and 383 square feet for community facility space. The site is only one block away from the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway station, which is serviced by the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, and R trains.
52 Fourth Avenue has an estimated completion date of winter 2022, as stated on the construction board, though YIMBY predicts early 2023 to be a more plausible time frame.