Herman Weiser, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit mixed-use building at 481 Central Avenue, in the heart of Bushwick. The structure will measure 10,281 square feet. The ground floor will host 2,000 square feet of office space for a community facility and the lower portion of a duplex residential unit. The apartments should average 686 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals. Shawn E. Stiles’s New Jersey-based S&S Architectural Design is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,498-square-foot property, located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue, is currently vacant. The Halsey Street Station on the J train is four blocks away.
Property owner Bushwack Capital is currently redeveloping the two-story, 16,600-square-foot former industrial building at 599 Johnson Avenue, in western Bushwick, into a 26,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial property. The Williamsburg-based club Glasslands Gallery is expected to lease a roughly 24,000-square-foot venue, dubbed Elsewhere, for events on the ground floor, Commercial Observer reported. Another 2,300-square-foot space on the ground floor is intended for a restaurant, and 2,250 square feet on the second floor will be utilized as commercial-office space geared towards the arts. Chelsea-based Kossar + Garry Architects is the architect of record and Greco Construction Development is the general contractor. Completion is expected this fall. Bushwack acquired the property for $4.45 million in February of 2015, and a few months after, YIMBY reported on applications for the conversion project.
Property owner Lazer Waldman, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a four-story, eight-unit residential building at 181 Troutman Street, in western Bushwick. The structure will measure 7,489 square feet and its residential unit should average 687 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. There will be two apartments per floor, although one of the top-floor units will feature space in an upper penthouse level. Bahram M. Tehrani’s Jamaica-based BTE Design Services is the architect of record. The 25-foot-wide, 2,500-square-foot property is currently occupied by a two-story, multi-family brick building. Demolition permits haven’t been filed. The Central Avenue stop on the M train is six blocks away.
What is Brooklyn? For many, the borough is associated with new buildings populated with young professionals fleeing Manhattan, where the cost of living rises as high as the skyscrapers. Some prefer to dismiss them as silver-spoon suburban transplants wishing to emulate some fantasy starving artist lifestyle, which they would assert is long-gone from the borough. Others would disagree, pointing at the “authentic Bohemians” living in rundown, graffiti-covered, and sometimes illegally-run lofts on the fringes of industrial districts, not yet touched by true gentrification. In contrast to another stereotype, which presumes that manufacturing has also left the borough, these pockets of industry still teem with activity, whether in dusty cement-mixing lots, in auto shops that clog the sidewalks in front of them with rides-in-progress, or in manufacturing plants where they are rightfully entitled to slap a “Made in Brooklyn” label onto their wares.
Willoughby Avenue between Central and Evergreen avenues in Bushwick used to be a reminder of the city’s worst years, with an odd mix of decrepit wood frame houses, vacant lots, and garages. But several new buildings have transformed the block in the last decade, and now another project is set to join the mix.