The Chetrit Group’s long-planned hotel-retail-apartment complex is finally taking shape at 500 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, and YIMBY has a look inside the gigantic site thanks to reader Sebastian Findlay.
It seems like the foundation has been poured, and workers are building out the cellars, which will hold retail, parking, photo production facilities, and a catering facility.
While the interiors will be full of reclaimed wood panels and exposed concrete columns, the exterior will rise 14 stories and 150 feet into the air. Brownstoner uncovered new renderings last month, which appear to illustrate two different massing options for the wedge-shaped complex. One view shows a precipitous, fin-shaped slope, and the other has a more boxy, stacked look with a gradual step down that matches the three-story building on the Rodney Street side of the site.
There will be 188 hotel rooms, 59 apartments and 156 enclosed parking spaces. Floors two through seven will hold 27 to 44 hotel rooms each, and floors eight to 14 will include anywhere from four to 13 apartments, with fewer, larger units on higher floors.
Plans also call for a restaurant and retail on the ground floor, followed by tennis and basketball courts on the second floor, and pools on the first and fourth floors.
The complex will encompass 146,000 square feet, with hotel rooms taking up 56,500 square feet of commercial space and apartments occupying 89,000 square feet of residential. Kutnicki Bernstein is the architect of record, and Raad Studio is designing the interiors.
Chetrit first broke ground on the development two years ago, after paying $1,442,350 for the property in 2007.