Affordable housing protesters chanting and marching through a public meeting last night forced the Department of City Planning to call off what would have been the first stage of a public approval process to rezone part of the Broadway Triangle in South Williamsburg, which would pave the way for an eight-building residential development.
Much of the Broadway Triangle in Williamsburg is frozen by a legal battle over discriminatory zoning, but developer Rabsky Group is pushing forward with their plan to develop two industrial properties in the area into seven large residential towers.
A year ago, a local developer filed plans to convert and expand a small commercial building on Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg’s Broadway Triangle into a nine-story yeshiva with apartments. Now, the project at 685 Flushing Avenue has resurfaced as a new, 12-story building with a synagogue and a hotel.
Brooklyn-based Cipco Developers has filed applications for two six-story, seven-unit residential buildings at 299-301 Wallabout Street, in the Broadway Triangle section of Williamsburg, located a block from the Lorimer Street stop on the J/M trains. Each structure will measure 10,165 square feet and individual residential should average 1,452 square feet. Larger, family-sized apartments are in the works here, likely to accommodate the neighborhood’s Hasidic Jewish population. Both structures will be topped by penthouse levels, and a total of six parkings spaces and 20 bicycle storage spaces will be located on the ground and cellar levels. Hahram Tehrani’s Jamaica-based BTE Design Services is the applicant of record. A 60-foot-wide, single-story warehouse must first be demolished.
After years of stalled sites and legal limbo sparked by a controversial rezoning, development has kicked into high gear in the former industrial patch of South Williamsburg known as the Broadway Triangle. Plans have surfaced for a six-story residential building at 54 Throop Avenue, around the corner from the Lorimer Stop on the J and M trains.