This past September, Gothamist reported on the razing of the White Castle at 781 Metropolitan Avenue, and back in 2013, the Brooklyn Paper covered the site’s sale for $6.72 million. Now, YIMBY has the reveal for the White Castle’s handsome replacement, which is being developed by the increasingly prolific Adam America.
In Adam America’s own words, “The new structure is expected to be the next hottest development in the area. It is just minutes away from an endless amount of cool hangouts.”
Indeed this is true, as the building’s East Williamsburg surrounds are improving, and vacant lots continue to be transformed into developments that contribute to the community’s tax base. And in the case of 781 Metropolitan Avenue, designed by the talented Issac & Stern, the project will actually be aesthetically appealing.
This will present a stark contrast against most of Williamsburg and Greenpoint’s older building stock, and besides the lofty industrial spaces, both areas are dominated by vinyl-sided homes that possess no character and zero aesthetic value. In fact, encouraging more new construction like 781 Metropolitan in the vicinity would be a great thing; existing density is underwhelming considering transit accessibility, and most of the current housing stock was hardly designed for ultra-long-term permanence, perhaps an explanation for why so much of it is unattractive.
Within its eight-story brick and metal facade, Adam America’s latest project will have 81 rental units, with 20% set aside as affordable housing. There will also be a 10,000 square foot retail component, which is ideal given the site’s location right above the Graham Avenue L stop.
No new building permits have been filed, but a late 2016 completion date is anticipated.
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