Construction appears to have been completed on the seven-story, 23-unit mixed-use project at 227 Grand Street, located on the corner of Elizabeth Street in Chinatown. The project is a redevelopment of three existing commercial structures that stood two or three stories in height. The expanded structure contains 6,929 square feet of commercial space, consisting of retail on the ground and second floors, in addition to office space also on the second floor. The residential units, across floors three through seven, should average 574 square feet apiece, indicative of rentals.
When the city rezoned Williamsburg in 2004, it hoped to encourage truly mixed-use buildings that knitted together apartments, office space, and light industrial businesses. Few developers have taken advantage of the commercial part of the zoning, instead choosing to squeeze as many apartments as possible onto a lot. Chelsea-based developer and architecture firm Flank decided to take a different path for their project at 60 South 2nd Street, where three quarters of the building will be devoted to office space.
Last week, the city of Newark announced that a 7.5-acre, 2.3-million-square-foot mixed-use development is in the works at 450 Broad Street. That’s downtown, on the current site of the Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. The project will include residential units, office space, retail, and cultural space, Jersey Digs reported. The number of units wasn’t disclosed, but the site could easily accommodate over 1,000 of them. Lotus Equity Group is the developer and Practice for Architecture Urbanism is designing the project’s master plan. The 6,200-seat baseball stadium will be demolished. The four-story parking garage just south of it isn’t part of the site.
Brooklyn-based property owner Angle Martinez has filed applications for a three-story, 3,956-square-foot office building at 156 11th Street, located on the southern end of Gowanus. The ground through third floors will contain commercial-office space. The cellar will be available as accessory space to the offices above. Mohammad H. Baalbaki’s Staten Island-based Baalbaki & Associates Engineering is the applicant of record. The 20-foot-wide, 2,000-square-foot lot is occupied by a three-story townhouse. Demolition permits were filed in September. The Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street stop on the R, F, and G trains is three blocks away.
Two years ago, YIMBY brought you a look at Cycle Cities’ futuristic design for an office building at 77 Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. Now we’ve got a fresh rendering from the new architects behind the nine-story project, which will join 25 Kent Avenue as one of the first major ground-up office developments in Brooklyn in decades.