The East Williamsburg-Bushwick industrial zone is slowly transitioning from a no man’s land around the heavily polluted Newtown Creek to a mixed-use neighborhood complete with hotels, nightclubs and retail. Near the Jefferson Street L stop, the Bushwick Collective mural project has hastened gentrification by beautifying several barren blocks with the work of dozens of street artists. So it’s no surprise that a hulking six-story factory nearby at 455 Jefferson Street may become offices and retail.
Sunset Park was the heart of New York City’s industrial waterfront until the end of World War II, when building weapons, handling cargo and deploying troops had Bush Terminal and the Brooklyn Army Terminal employing tens of thousands of workers. But even as factories and wholesalers have left the south Brooklyn neighborhood, the manufacturing zoning created to protect them has remained. And there, at the southern edge of Sunset Park’s M-1 zone, one developer is planning a six-story building with a combination of commercial and community uses 731 61st Street.
Nearly a year ago, YIMBY reported on applications for a 12-story, 109-unit mixed-use building at 15 Lafayette Avenue, in Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn, and now a ground-breaking ceremony has been held to kick off construction at the site. According to Brownstoner, 40% of the apartments will be let at below-market rates, and 21,400 square feet of cultural community space will be located in the base, with The Center for Fiction and Mark Morris Dance Group both taking space.
Last year, Brownstoner spotted a space-age construction rendering for a six-story residential building at 785 Dekalb Avenue between Tompkins and Throop Avenues in Bed-Stuy. While that design—which featured a slanted porthole—didn’t make the cut, construction is finally nearing the finish line.
Dominick Mirable, doing business as Tre Amici Realty LLC, has filed applications for two four-story, multi-family residential buildings at 3034-3036 Barnes Avenue, in southern Williamsbridge, four blocks from the Barnes Avenue stop on the 2 and 5 trains. The development will contain 18 units spread across 12,914 square feet of space, which translates into an average apartment of 717 square feet. Mohammad Badaly’s Mount Vernon-based Badaly Architects is the applicant of record.