Excavation is getting underway at 544 Carroll Street, the site of a 17-story residential building on the eastern edge of Gowanus, Brooklyn. Designed and developed by Avery Hall with L+Z Architecture as the architect of record, the 175,000-square-foot structure will yield 133 rental units with 25 percent designated as affordable housing, as well as 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Leeding Builders Group LLC is the construction manager for the property, which is alternately addressed as 272 Fourth Avenue and bound by Carroll Street to the north and 4th Avenue to the east.
Recent photographs show the site cleared up to the lot line brick wall of the MTA substation at 276 4th Avenue, and up to the Gil Hodges Community Garden along Carroll Street. A pair of excavators is working around piles of concrete and metal debris that are waiting to be hauled away.
The below Google Street View image details the two-story garage that formerly occupied the plot.
The main rendering depicts a a light-colored façade with a grid of wide floor-to-ceiling windows from floors one through 12, followed by a tighter fenestration on the top five levels. Several setbacks are positioned across the massing, making room for landscaped terraces. The double-height ground floor is clad with dark metal paneling and tall windows for the retail frontage. The main entrance appears to be tucked along Carroll Street.
Avery Hall acquired the main lot at 272 4th Avenue for $15 million in 2019, followed by 274 4th Avenue and 538 Carroll Street for $5.3 million to complete the assemblage. The scale of the structure was made possible through the $30 million acquisition of 50,000 square feet of air rights from the adjacent MTA substation at 276 4th Avenue. The closest subway from the property is the R train at the Union Street station along 4th Avenue.
544 Carroll Street’s anticipated completion date has yet to be announced, though YIMBY expects the project to finish sometime in 2025. The project is expected to cost between $90 and $120 million.