Stephen G. Kliegerman
President of Development Marketing
A stone's throw from the Forte Condos on the western edge of Fort Greene, a six-story former piano factory at 96 Rockwell Place is being reincarnated as a luxury residential condominium. In addition to the ground floor retail and five floors of converted space, there will be a new six-story addition designed by Tribeca-based Franke, Gottsegen, and Cox. According to Property Shark, the original structure is about 21,500 square feet and there's another 14,500 square feet of air rights. Not surprisingly, it appears that the developer is choosing to target the young singles market: All 37 apartments will be either studios or one bedrooms; the smallest units, at 729 square feet, will start at $495,000. Halstead's got the exclusive. The rendering, at left, is the view of the Flatbush side of the building; the photo, at right, is the view from Rockwell Place. While this block feels a little desolate right now (compounded by all the street work going on), we think it could have quite a nice Tribeca-ish vibe once there are people living there. One question mark for the future is what BAM plans to do with the parking lot across Rockwell Place: If a big building were to go up there it could hurt light and views. Other than that, though, this looks very promising to us. Update: We just heard from the developers that, contrary to the original press release, there are six two-bedroom units planned for the building. We've also got a interior rendering for ya on the jump now.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007