Mapping Williamsburg’s unstoppable development boom

November 9, 2018

 

It’s a well-established fact that Williamsburg is past peak gentrification—you don’t have to look any further than Bedford Avenue to see how dramatically the neighborhood has changed. A 2005 rezoning of the waterfront spurred a development boom in the former artists’ enclave, and it hasn’t let up since—and now, the area’s reached the point where bougie chains (Whole Foods, Apple) have moved in.

 

But it’s not just apartments: The changes to the neighborhood have also prompted the creation of new office space like 25 Kent Avenue, its first ground-up office building in decades, and the Refinery, the reimagining of the Domino Sugar factory on the waterfront.

 

The upcoming L train shutdown will bring a new kind of challenge to the growth of the neighborhood, but developers remain undeterred. There are more than a dozen projects currently in various stages of development, all of which you can see below—be sure to let us know if we missed any in the comments.

 

1. 25 Kent Avenue

Williamsburg’s first ground-up office building in decades is the large project at 25 Kent Avenue. The eight-story building will have 350,000 square feet of office space, 80,000 square feet of light manufacturing, and 70,000 square feet of retail. It will also offer tenants a roof deck, and private balconies on each floor. The project has been making quick progress, and construction will likely wrap early next year. It’s being developed by Rubenstein Partners and Heritage Equity Partners.

 

2. Bushwick Inlet Park

More than a decade after the 2005 rezoning of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, community members are finally beginning to see the 28-acre park that they were promised take shape. The city acquired the final parcel in 2016, and last November, it received a $17.5 million funding boost. It’ll be a long time until the park is complete—the city started designing the parcel at 50 Kent Avenue earlier this year and the site needed to be remediated by National Grid.

 

3. 138 North 10th Street

Morris Adjmi Architects will design this new condo on North 10th Street, which will have just nine apartments over its six stories. Sales are expected to launch in the spring, with apartments going from $1.7 million. 

 

4. 187 Kent Avenue

Two warehouses were demolished to make for this residential building, with 96 apartments spread out over seven floors. The CW Realty-developed project will also have parking for 170 cars, and retail on the ground floor and basement. Amenities announced so far including terraces and a fitness center.

 

5. Con Ed sites

Located just north of Two Trees’s Domino megaproject, the parcels of land owned by Consolidated Edison could come together to create another large waterfront project. In April, the utility company listed the three sites, which have a total of 3.2 acres of space. At present they’re zoned for commercial and manufacturing use, but there’s speculation that with a rezoning, the sites could see the rise of a 1.5 million square mixed-use development with some affordable housing. Con Ed has sold another site, located south of the Domino project, to the Rabsky Group, which intends to build a commercial development.

 

6. 296 Wythe Avenue

A low-slung warehouse on Wythe Avenue was razed to clear the way for a Karl Fischer-designed building that will rise just six stories. The building will house 45 apartments, 24 parking spaces, private terraces on floors four through six; and more than 13,000 square feet of retail space. The building is being developed by Moshe Braver, who purchased the lot in 2015 for $26.5 million.

 

7. Domino Sugar megaproject

Since it got the go-ahead in 2013, the neighborhood-transforming Domino megaproject has seen the opening of 325 Kent, which has 522 rentals, and Domino Park, a six-acre waterfront green space. In the coming years, the megaproject will welcome three other residential buildings, as well as the transformation of old the sugar factory into an office building. Work is currently underway on the second residential tower at 260 Kent Avenue, which will have 330 rentals along with office space, and retail—one of those retail spots has been claimed by popular Bushwick pizza joint Roberta’s.

 

8. Cooper Park Houses parking lot

In September 2017, the New York City Housing Authority announced plans to bring a 250-unit mixed-income development to the Cooper Park Houses complex in East Williamsburg. It’s part of the agency’s efforts to take underutilized spaces like parking lots and turn them into mixed-income housing. This building will reportedly stand 12-stories tall, have a mix of affordable and market-rate apartments, and stand between Morgan and Debevoise Avenues.

 

9. 110 North 1st Street

A warehouse building at North 1st Street and Metropolitan Avenue will make way for a seven-story residential building developed by DDG. It’s not yet clear if it will have rentals or condos, but there will be a total of 38 apartments spread out over 39,000 square feet of space. The building will also have commercial space, parking, and a bike storage. Plans for the building were only recently filed with the city’s Department of Buildings so it may be a few years before it’s complete.

 

10. 320 Wythe Avenue

New York City’s first new mass timber buildings in nearly a century are a three-story structure at 320 Wythe Avenue and a five-story building at 360 Wythe Avenue. The project is being developed and designed by Flank. The shorter structure will have 4,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 11,000 square feet of offices above that. The taller building will have 27 apartments on the upper floors, and office space and retail below that.

 

11. 625 Driggs Avenue

This empty plot at the corner of Driggs Avenue and North 4th Street will give rise to a six-story building designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. The building will hold 19 apartments, retail on the cellar and first floor, and parking for 17 cars on the second floor. It’s being developed by RedSky Capital.

 

12. 308 North 7th Street

This BQE-adjacent condo with Paris Forino interiors will have just 45 apartments. The project is being developed by Adam America Real Estate and the Naveh Shuster Group. Apartments, which begin at $840,000, will come in one through three-bedroom variants, and 29 of the units will have private outdoor space. Sales and marketing at the condo are being handled by the Shemesh Team at Douglas Elliman, and the first set of residents will move in early next year.
 

13. 500 Metropolitan Avenue

In March 2016, construction broke ground on a Chtrit Group-developed project, occupying a long-empty lot near the Lorimer Street L station, that includes a 189-key hotel and 58 condos. The mixed-use project is designed by Kutnicki Bernstein Architects and will also feature a restaurant and bar; ground-floor retail, a spa, a swimming pool, and underground parking.

 

14. 159 Broadway

A 26-story tower is slated to rise next to the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank building. Cornell Realty is planning a hotel-condo hybrid with 251 hotel rooms up to floor 16, and apartments above that. The apartments here will average about 860 square feet. Amenities will include a swimming pool and a fitness center.

 

15. 420 Kent Avenue

Developed by former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, this massive waterfront rental complex will bring 857 apartments to Williamsburg. Leasing on the first set of rentals launched in June, and more will come on the market as the buildings wrap construction. The development comprises one set of interconnected towers, and one standalone tower. Aside from that, the buildings will have access to tons of amenities including a 12,000 square foot fitness center, and a 34,000-square-foot waterfront esplanade.

 

16. 263 South 5th Street

The now-landmarked Williamsburg Dime Savings Bank is part of a new 22-story residential development in South Williamsburg. The landmarked building will be restored and remain largely intact, and the residential portion will sprout behind it. The bank building will house retail, and the lobby portion of the residential tower, and the project will have a total of 177 apartments. The project is being developed by Charney Construction and Development, Tavros Capital Partners, and 1 Oak Contracting, and designed by Fogarty Finger. Construction is expected to wrap next year.

 

17. 172 Montrose Avenue

On Montrose Avenue, developer Moses Silberstein is replacing two warehouses with a 75-unit apartment building that will stand seven stories tall. Samuel Wieder Associates is behind the boxy building’s design, which features a red, grey, and white facade. Apartments will average about 660 square feet.

 

18. 198 Johnson Avenue

Back in 2016, developer Slate Property Group filed plans for a seven-story, 117-unit residential building that will likely consist of rentals. The building will accommodate 8,200 square feet of retail and its amenity package will include a gym, a lounge, a roof deck, and parking for 93 cars. Aufgang Architects has been tapped to design the project.

 

19. 525 Broadway

After purchasing the former Lincoln Savings Bank site at 525 Broadway for $33 million in 2015, developer Blesso Properties is transforming the building into a 27-story, mixed-use building with 226 apartments and office space. The project is designed by Garrison Architects and will also include a 214-car garage underground.

 

20. 555 Broadway

One of New York City’s largest co-living developments is set to rise at 555 Broadway, in Williamsburg. The project is being developed by London-based firm the Collective, and the firm is capitalizing on the increasing popularity of market-rate co-living properties across the city. In this case however, 30 percent of the over 500 apartments at 555 Broadway will be affordable. The project will also include a food hall, a restaurant, a co-working space, and a fitness center, among other amenities.

 

21. 187 Cook Street

A vacant lot at 187 Cook Street is giving way to a six-story building that will welcome a 92-key hotel, office space, and an event hall that will spans nearly 8,000 square feet. The Loketch Group was reportedly in the process of purchasing the site in 2016, however, The Real Deal reports that documents filed with the city’s Department of Finance indicate that Cook Equities took over a 99-ground lease from the Loketch Group in September of that year for $800,000.

 

22. Pfizer project

This project is located at the intersection of Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, and Bushwick, in an area known as the Broadway Triangle. It was contentious from the start with lots of community opposition and a lawsuit. But ultimately, the Rabsky Group received approval from the City Council and a judge to move forward with a rezoning and massive residential project. Eventually, this development will create 1,146 apartments, 25 percent of which will be permanently affordable; 65,000 square feet of retail, and half an acre of public open space. The first set of residents could move in as early as the end of next year.

 

23. 21 Powers Street

Minrav Development replaced a warehouse at 21 Powers Street with a 14-unit condo building designed by Meshberg Group and Grasso-Menziuso Architects. The condos are primarily one- and two-bedrooms that range in size from 668 to 1,065 square feet, with prices asking between $779,000 to $1.35 million. The residences feature floor-to-ceiling windows, oak wood flooring, open kitchens, and spa-like bathrooms. Completion is scheduled for some time in 2019.

 

24. 305 Union Avenue

The site at 305 Union Street has given rise to a 19-unit condo building, developed by EcoRiseNY. The UnionBK, as the building has been named, will offer a mix of studios through three-bedrooms, along with four (!) penthouses and five duplexes. All of the apartments will have either terraces or balconies and building amenities will include a gym, resident’s lounge, and a virtual doorman, reports BuzzBuzzHome. Construction is slated to wrap up by the end of the year.

 

25. 33 Conselyea Street

A five story building rising on Conselyea Street, between Union and Lorimer Streets, will house just five condos. Per BuzzBuzzHome, there will be two-bedroom apartments that are floor-through, a garden duplex with a “custom crafted” backyard, a duplex studio loft with a deed rooftop terrace, and a duplex penthouse with a private outdoor space. TADA appears to be behind both the development and the design and construction should wrap up some time this year.

 

26. 722 Metropolitan Ave

Yet another former factory building is in the midst of a conversion into condos. The existing structure is getting a four-story addition, and the new building will have a total of 69 apartments. The project is being developed by SL Development, and construction is scheduled to wrap sometime next year.

 

27. 510 Driggs Ave

This site was once slated to get an ODA New York-designed condo, but as of earlier this year the project is moving forward with a Woods Bagot-led design. Plans for the building were filed in June: it will be a six-story structure with 44 apartments. The units here will average over 1,200 square feet, and the building’s unique design of silver masonry and steel-framed windows will surely make it stand out in the neighborhood.

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