One of the most interesting condominium developments in Brooklyn draws inspiration from a distant land. It’s called Oosten, and it’s the product of Chinese developer XIN Development, Dutch designer Piet Boon, and Brooklyn-based think! architecture and design pllc. You’ll find it under construction at 429 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg and our friend Tectonic sent YIMBY exclusive photos of an inside tour.
After former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in 2010, rejected plans to build a public park over a two-block span of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway between South 3rd and 5th streets in Williamsburg, Councilman Antonio Reynoso is re-proposing the project. Dubbed BQ Green, the $200 million project could potentially be incorporated into the city’s $2.265 billion budget for park capital spending, according to Gothamist. As currently envisioned, a concrete platform would completely cover two blocks of the BQE, while partially covering the below-grade expressway one block in either direction. The part of South 4th Street that currently spans over the BQE would be reconstructed as parkland, and the existing green space lining the expressway will be revitalized. The proposal also includes a baseball diamond, a waterpark, and wooded and landscaped areas. DLANDstudio is behind the design of the 2010 proposal. The project is expected to be discussed before the city’s budget is adopted.
Redsky Capital is planning to conduct renovations on the two-story, 27-unit mixed-use building at 159 North 3rd Street and 158-170 North 4th Street, in Williamsburg, located four blocks from the Bedford Avenue Station on the L train. The property owner recently secured a $19 million loan to refinance debt and to fund the project, according to Commercial Observer. Ground-floor retail space totals 48,860 square feet, while 27 rental apartments currently spread across 25,510 square feet of residential space on the second floor. Roughly 21,000 square feet of retail is vacant, although the entire block-thru building is expected to receive renovations and upgrades. Current retailers in the building include a Foodtown supermarket, and the restaurants Umani Burger, Sweetgreen, and by CHLOE.
Steven Ferguson, doing business as an anonymous Brooklyn-based LLC, has filed applications for a five-story, 10-unit residential building at 131 Devoe Street, in northern Williamsburg, located around the block from the Graham Avenue stop on the L train. The structure will encompass 20,008 square feet, and its residential units should average 996 square feet apiece, which means condominiums are probably in the works. Amenities listed in the Schedule A include a fitness center, a bike storage room, a parking garage on the ground floor, and a roof terrace. Midtown East-based Eisner Design is the architect of record. The 50-foot-wide assemblage – spanning 131-133 Devoe Street – is currently occupied by two two-story houses.
Property owner Patrick Moses is following up on applications originally filed in 2013 for a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 11 Conselyea Street, in northern Williamsburg, located two blocks from either the Metropolitan Av. or Lorimer St. stops on the G or L trains, respectively. The new structure will measure 6,499 square feet, and its residential units should average 714 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Both apartments on the fourth floor will also feature space – bedrooms, specifically – on the building’s upper penthouse level. Astoria-based Christopher V. Papa is the architect of record. Demolition permits were filed in 2015 to raze the site’s existing three-story townhouse.