Back in April of 2015, renderings were revealed of the planned commercial conversion of the Golten Marine building, a three-story, 98,650-square-foot former industrial property at 160 Van Brunt Street, in northern Red Hook. Since then, construction has been largely completed on the project and Tesla Motors was announced as the anchor tenant, as reported by Curbed NY earlier this year. Tesla is leasing 40,000-square feet on the ground floor, which it will use for dealership showrooms, offices, and a service center. The Brooklyn Paper also recently reported Tesla will install a reconstructed illuminating “Red Hook” sign on the ground floor. The building opened in March and contains additional yet-to-be-leased office space on the upper levels. LIVWRK is the developer and acquired the property for $21.5 million in 2014. New Jersey-based John Saracco Architects is the architect of record.
Property owners Chris Sheller and interior designer Kate Gray have completely gut-renovated the two-story, single-family wood-framed townhouse at 34 Diker Street, in Red Hook. Brownstoner reports that practically the entire exterior and interior of the structure was rebuilt. The 1,700-square-foot structure has a new façade, new windows, expanded ceilings on the second floor, completely rebuilt and modernized interiors, and new appliances and furnishings. RGR Construction is the general contractor and Bronx-based Kevin Byrne served as the architect of record. The couple went to sell the property a few weeks ago.
Brooklyn-based St. Andrea Realty Corp., headed by Aldo Frustacci, has filed applications for two four-story, three-unit residential buildings at 96-98 Coffey Street, in Red Hook, located six blocks from the Upper Bay waterfront. The individual buildings will measure 4,335 and 4,559 square feet each and it appears both will structures will be raised, as their ground-floors will not contain residential space. On the floors above, the full-floor apartments will average 941 square feet across the entire development. Leonard Colchamiro’s Brooklyn-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 41-foot-wide site is currently vacant.
In early 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a three-story, 19-unit residential building at 265 Van Brunt Street, in Red Hook, and then renderings of the project were revealed in early 2015. DNAinfo now reports the structure has topped out and is currently receiving its façade. The building appears to be four stories because it’s raised above the street level to prevent future flood waters from doing damage. Residential space will total 18,089 square feet, which means the rental units will average 952 square feet apiece. Cheever Development Corporation is behind the project and OCV Architects is designing it. Completion and occupancy are scheduled for this spring.
Red Hook was severely damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and few residential developers have been willing to touch the transit-starved Brooklyn neighborhood. But commercial projects are alive and well among the 19th century warehouses, from Est4te Four’s big office complex to a factory-to-office conversion on Van Brunt Street. Now new building applications have surfaced for a five-story hotel at 411 Van Brunt Street, only a block from the waterfront.