New Look For 245 Manhattan Avenue, aka The Ewen, Williamsburg Condo Project

245 Manhattan Avenue245 Manhattan Avenue, image by Mortar Architecture + Development

Back in March, YIMBY posted the first rendering for a new development coming to 245 Manhattan Avenue, in Williamsburg. And now, a tipster has sent along a new set of images for the five-story project, which is being designed by Mortar Architecture + Development.

245 Manhattan Avenue

245 Manhattan Avenue, image by Mortar Architecture + Development

East River Capital Group is the developer, and applications filed with the Department of Buildings list the breakdown as 10 units over 10,000 square feet. The result will yield condominiums.

As previously detailed on YIMBY, the architect described the building as follows:

The building façade is a carefully composed relationship of sustainably sourced – Japanese inspired Shou-Sugi Ban – charred wood cladding, a reclaimed cypress wood canopy, steel, and glass. The homes include a mix of two- and three-bedroom residences, duplex townhomes with private street-level parking and landscaped gardens, and detailed penthouses with innovative building systems, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, landscaped terraces and a rooftop lounge. In addition, residences feature direct elevator access, open kitchens and modern custom baths.

The visual changes to the renderings since we posted the first image have been substantial, but whether the refinements to the images apply to the actual design (which was attractive anyways) remains to be seen.

While the scope of the development is not that substantial, its appearance will still be a major upgrade for a neighborhood that has some of the most unattractive existing building stock in New York City. A significant amount of unfortunate vinyl-sided construction remains in the area, hopefully the same fate as the dilapidated one-story building that 245 Manhattan Avenue has replaced.

The developer bought the site for $3 million last year, and though a completion date has not been formally announced, construction is now well underway.

245 Manhattan Avenue

245 Manhattan Avenue, image by Mortar Architecture + Development

245 Manhattan Avenue

245 Manhattan Avenue, image by Mortar Architecture + Development

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1 Comment on "New Look For 245 Manhattan Avenue, aka The Ewen, Williamsburg Condo Project"

  1. Jonathan Perlstein | September 11, 2015 at 2:48 pm |

    This expressive wood facade is a welcome change away from brick or metal finishes.

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