Small-scale infill predominates in the blocks that surround the Rheingold Brewery redevelopment in Bushwick, which is why the project’s rise is so transformational for the neighborhood. Today, YIMBY has aerials thanks to ODA Architecture and photographer Pavel Bendov, covering the two buildings rising at 10 Monteith and 123 Melrose Streets.
The Rheingold Brewery redevelopment has made headlines over the past few years, but now applications have been filed for another site immediately across the road, at 11-23 Monteith Street, for a structure that will house affordable senior residences. Permits filed with the DOB show the eight-story building will have a ground floor with 3,949 square feet of community facility space, to be topped by 50,923 square feet of residential, which will be divided between 86 units. Peter Bafitis of RKT&B Architects applied for the permits, and Southside United HFDC is the developer.
Three years ago, developer Read Property Group negotiated a controversial residential rezoning of the former Rheingold Brewery properties in southern Bushwick. After neighbors fought for affordable housing there, Read sold the multi-acre industrial property to Rabsky Group and All Year Management, who didn’t have to honor Read’s promises for low income rentals. Now All Year Management is pushing forward with construction on its two pieces of the site, at 123 Melrose Street and 28 Stanwix Street.
In October of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for an eight-story, 385-unit residential building at 123 Melrose Street, the site of the former Rheingold Brewery complex in western Bushwick, located three blocks from the Myrtle Avenue stop on the J/M/Z trains. All Year Management has now acquired a piece (28 Stanwix Street) of the mega-block development site – bound by Evergreen Avenue and Stanwick, Melrose, and Noll streets – from Princeton Holdings and Read Property Group for $72.2 million, The Real Deal reported.
Last night, a collection of Bushwick community activists, union members and neighbors sweated it out on folding chairs at a church on George Street to figure out how they would hold Rabsky Group—the developer of part of the Rheingold Brewery site—to the previous owner’s agreement to provide affordable units and funding for neighborhood schools and parks.