Glass is starting to rise at 260 Kent Avenue, and there’s something strangely pleasing about the new façade. The clean pre-cast concrete panels are shockingly white, and have deeply set back windows. The molecular pattern and forms of sugar crystals inspired the unusual design, as an homage to the Domino Sugar Factory that used to dominate the Williamsburg waterfront.
With the Hudson Yards and Manhattan West mega developments in Midtown dominating the news, it is easy to forget one sizable project just a block away. Hudson Commons is a major transformation of an eight-story warehouse built in 1962. An additional 17 floors will be added atop the black masonry-clad tower, bringing 700,000 square feet of new office space to the neighborhood. Cove Property and Baupost Group are responsible for the development.
A stalled hotel project at 105 North 13th Street in Greenpoint may now be redeveloped for retail, office, and industrial use, as revealed in recent filings with the Department of City Planning.
Rezoning proposals filed by Blondell Equities have revealed a prospective new 9-story mixed-use building in the Westchester Square neighborhood of The Bronx. The proposed building at 1340 Blondell Avenue would contain rental apartments, retail space, and a community medical facility.
Permits have been filed for a seven-story mixed-use building at 1620 New York Avenue in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The site is four blocks away from the Flatbush Avenue subway station, end of the line for 2 and 5 trains, and center of a major commercial intersection. Joel Jacob is listed as responsible for the applications.