Longtime music venue The Living Room shut its doors at 134 Metropolitan Avenue a few months ago, and now the landlord is planning to expand the building and add apartments.
Alteration applications filed yesterday call for three stories of apartments on top of the commercial space. The ground floor will remain a restaurant and bar of some kind, according to the plans, and each of the upper floors will hold one apartment.
Three units will be spread across 3,818 square feet of residential space, with average units weighing at 1,272 square feet. The building will keep its roof deck on the second floor, which is currently a rooftop bar.
Ultimately, the four-story building will reach 55 feet into the air and span 6,600 square feet. The expansion will more than double the current interior space of 2,800 square feet.
Douglaston, N.Y.-based Versatile Engineering filed the plans, and the landlord is Marek Kaczor. Kaczor picked up the property for an undisclosed amount in 2007.
As for the Living Room, it closed because the business simply wasn’t making enough to pay the rent. The Metropolitan Avenue space was its third home, after the venue decamped from the Lower East Side in 2013. Local musicians mourned the loss, which came after a number of other storied Williamsburg venues – like Death by Audio and Glasslands – closed last year.
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