YIMBY went to visit 545 Broadway in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the site of a proposed 400,000-square-foot mixed-use building from Blesso Properties. Designed by Garrison Architects, the structure is planned to yield 100 residential units, commercial space, and a 15,000-square-foot roof deck. The developer purchased the property for $32.8 million five years ago, and it was last reported that the 27-story project will also utilize 190,000 square feet of air rights.
Photos from the Lorimer Street subway station show the state of the property. A small section of the 13,000-square-foot parking lot has been fenced off with asphalt ripped up, but no construction equipment and machinery was spotted.
Renderings of the main southeastern elevation show a relatively tall superstructure clad in warm-toned panels with a loosely staggered pattern of narrow rectangular windows. A landscaped plaza with greenery and seating will give residents and visitors a more welcoming approach to the main doors. The last photo shows the elevation that runs parallel with the elevated subway tracks above Broadway. All the photos are made by Garrison Architects and found on the project description on their website.
The project’s triangular parcel is bound by Broadway, Boerum Place, and Lorimer Street. It sits between the elevated Lorimer Street subway platform and the Broadway station on the G train. The built-up portion of the property features several old low-rise structures that include the 60,300-square-foot, 154-year-old Lincoln Savings Bank at the corner of Broadway and Boerum Street and an adjacent residential building. The bank will be saved, refurbished, and included in the new construction project. The relatively isolated location for a building of its height will give 545 Broadway a significant degree of prominence, affording residents expansive views of the neighborhood and the Manhattan skyline and providing plenty of natural daylight exposure year round.
A start and completion date for 545 Broadway has not been announced yet, but YIMBY will keep an eye on this upcoming development.