North Brooklyn is getting yet another Gene Kaufman building — this one at 774 Grand Street, near Humboldt Street, an area of Williamsburg not exactly known for gleaming luxury buildings.
Dean Marchi, president of Grand Street Development, said the eight-story building, containing 62 rental units, will open in early 2016 and will boast amenities such as a fitness center, three common roof spaces, and onsite parking. Twenty percent of the units will be affordably priced. “We support the idea that the city is best served by a diverse group of people,” said Marchi, who couldn’t provide a price range for the market-rate units.
The site is currently home to a Liberty department store — nearly empty, thanks to a clearance sale — that will likely be demolished.
Marchi said more and more new buildings are going up in the area, to meet the needs of a growing population. “There is a migration to the eastern part of Williamsburg,” he said. “I like the idea of being where the growing is coming and expanding. A lot of people are living in the area.”
Kaufman, the project’s architect, had a good relationship with one of the team members, according to Marchi, who described him as an experienced, “talented architect” who would “provide good guidelines.”
Update, 11:15 a.m.: Marchi and his partners are also seeking approval to build a 4-story building on the other side of the block, at 213 Maujer Street. The building, which may contain six one-bedrooms and a studio, will connect to the eight-story building on Grand and share its amenities, and will also be designed by Kaufman. Construction of the two buildings will begin at the same time. [The headline of this story was revised to reflect the update.]