Another block in central Williamsburg is shedding its commercial past as a warehouse at 88-92 Withers Street is torn down. It is slated to be replaced by a 12-story residential building, developed by Caro Enterprises and JHG Holdings. The 12,500-square foot corner lot sits across from the small park at the Badame Sessa Memorial Square, sandwiched onto a small triangular block by the side of the elevated Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The cleared lot, situated within a residential-manufacturing M1-2/R6 zoning district, measures 125 feet along Withers Street to the north and 100 feet on Leonard Street to the east.
Back in April of 2015, renderings were revealed of the planned commercial conversion of the Golten Marine building, a three-story, 98,650-square-foot former industrial property at 160 Van Brunt Street, in northern Red Hook. Since then, construction has been largely completed on the project and Tesla Motors was announced as the anchor tenant, as reported by Curbed NY earlier this year. Tesla is leasing 40,000-square feet on the ground floor, which it will use for dealership showrooms, offices, and a service center. The Brooklyn Paper also recently reported Tesla will install a reconstructed illuminating “Red Hook” sign on the ground floor. The building opened in March and contains additional yet-to-be-leased office space on the upper levels. LIVWRK is the developer and acquired the property for $21.5 million in 2014. New Jersey-based John Saracco Architects is the architect of record.
A residential complex is nearing completion at 498 Lorimer Street on the southern edge of Greenpoint. Though it stands as a single structure, it functions as three conjoined buildings at 498, 500, and 502 Leonard, where each one is accessed via a separate entrance for its eight units. The combined 24 unit complex rises four stories high, with a penthouse level above set back from the main façade. In terms of urban context, its design makes it a transitional component between the rowhome neighborhood to the east and a new cluster of mid-rises facing McCarren Park one block west.
Property owner Tu Kang Yang has filed applications for four six- to seven-unit residential buildings at 90-11 – 90-21 56th Avenue, in southern Elmhurst, located three blocks from the Grand Av-Newtown stop on the M/R. All of the structures will rise four stories and measure 6,200 square feet, and two six-unit buildings will be book-ended by the seven-unit buildings. Across the 26-unit development, there will be 19,600 square feet of residential space, which means units should average a rental-sized 754 square feet apiece. Danny Yan’s Fresh Meadows-based Yan Architect & Planner is the applicant of record. The site currently consists of two two-and-a-half-story wood-framed houses.
Casa Development Inc. has filed applications for a five-story, four-unit residential building at 75 Herkimer Street, in western Bedford-Stuyvesant, located around the block from the Nostrand Avenue stop on the A and C trains. The new structure will measure 4,610 square feet and its residential units should average a relatively spacious 1,153 square feet apiece. The ground and second floors will contain two duplex units, and the third, fourth, and upper mezzanine level will house two triplex units. The project will be topped by a rooftop terrace. Amenity space will be located in the cellar. The developer, headed by Long Island-based Campani & Scharting Architects, is designing in-house. An existing three-story townhouse must first be demolished.